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Renault, VW, Ford electric vans take stage at Hanover IAA

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The Trafic Van E-Tech Electric is one of a number of electric vans that will make their public debut at the Hanover show, which was last held in 2018. 

Ford will be displaying the E-Transit Custom medium van, revealed earlier this month, with a range of 380 km from a 74 kWh battery pack. The E-Transit Custom is available with 100 kw of 160 kw electric motors, with the latter giving a towing capacity of up to 2,000 kg, Ford said in announcing the E-Transit Custom.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is showing the ID Buzz Cargo, a panel-van version of the retro-themed EV.

Carsten Intra, the CEO of VW Commercial Vehicles, said Monday that the ID Buzz was an important model in the transformation to electrification in the sector, which continues to rely on diesel powertrains. “More than 55 percent of all VW commercial vehicle sales will be full-electric by 2030,” Intra said at a news conference in Hanover. 

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According to a report this month from advocacy group ICCT, battery-electric vans accounted for about 4 percent of all commercial van sales in Europe in the first half of 2022. Stellantis had the highest penetration, at 5 percent of sales. 

The Cargo version has a range of 425 km with a 77 kWh battery. Pre-orders started in May, with the first deliveries set for this autumn, VW said. 

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VW is also showing the new-generation Amarok one-ton pickup, a sibling model to the Ford Ranger. The Amarok was developed with Ford as part of a strategic partnership between the two automakers. It will launch toward the end of the year in selected countries.

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