2011 Volkswagen’s new eT Concept Van

2011 Volkswagen New eT Concept Van 1 2011 Volkswagen’s new eT Concept Van

2011 Volkswagen New eT Concept Van 3 2011 Volkswagen’s new eT Concept Van

2011 Volkswagen New eT Concept Van 5 2011 Volkswagen’s new eT Concept Van

2011 Volkswagen New eT Concept Van 4 2011 Volkswagen’s new eT Concept Van

It has been almost 60 years after the introduction of the T1/Type 2 in 1950, that Volkswagen has been making light vans for commercial purpose. It is now that the German automaker wants to redesign the commercial van and show it the road it will have to follow in the next generation of the Transporter through a concept model eT. With this concept in mind, Volkswagen group worked very closely with the German Post Office and the Art University at Braunschweig. The German Post Office is one of the largest customers of light commercial vans.

In the words of Jurgen Leohold, the director of Volkswagen Research group they have analysed the needs of the customers and keeping this in mind they have derived ideas about how these courier vehicles would be developed for further use. With this view they have developed the eT concept, which is a zero emission van. This van will be powered by electric wheel hub motors, which according to Volkswagen will help in optimizing the interior space. Another feature of the research is the ‘drive stick’. This will help the driver to steer the van from the side of the passenger. In some cases, the eT can also be run semi automatically, i.e. by following commands like ‘follow me’, ‘come to me’ etc.

The eT will also have two sliding doors on the side of the passenger that will be operated electrically. In addition to it there will be a split door at the rear end, a part of which will be extended out so that the user is protected against the nature. The eT is not a model that will be available very soon but the plans are to be made from today as to what the lightweight commercial vans might look like in the second half of the decade.

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