The next-generation of Volkswagen commercial delivery vehicles may soon be powered by electricity. At this year's IAA Commercial Vehicles show, the Wolfsburg-based automaker recently revealed an all-electric concept van that produces no emissions whatsoever.

Called the e-Crafter, the 2017 concept vehicle makes use of an electric powertrain that was specifically designed for city delivery use. The automaker plans to make it available as a production model and could be introduced as a new powertrain variant for the Crafter van.

“The first e-Crafter vehicles will already be in customers’ hands by 2017,” said Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Up close with the VW e-Crafter

According to the automaker, the e-Crafter concept retains the original dimensions of the production van. It still features a cargo space length of 4,855mm, along with a load width of 1,380mm. In terms of volume, Volkswagen stated it has a cargo space of 11.3 cubic meters and a height space of 1,961mm.

As for exterior design, the e-Crafter follows Volkswagen's current design language. Finished in Reef Blue Metallic, the e-Crafter concept gets the eye-catching C-shaped headlights that come with daytime running lights (DRLs). It also gets lighting accents on the front bumper, vinyl decals along the side and a blue bar that runs along the entire width of the front grill.

Underneath the floor is the e-Crafter's battery pack which is made up of 312 cells. It has a total capacity of 43 kWh which allows the van to have a maximum range of 208 km. Fully recharging the batteries can be done in as little as 45 minutes via a 40kW DC charger. Volkswagen also said that in the future, the can reconfigure the battery packs and extend the van's range up to 400 km.

Beauty shot of the VW e-Crafter

The batteries then feed power to an electric motor that puts out 134 PS and 290 Nm of torque. The e-Crafter has a top speed of 80 km/h and can carry a maximum payload of 1,709 kg.

Inside, Volkswagen said that instead of a rev counter, the e-Crafter gets a 'power meter' which monitors how much electricity is fed through the system. Also present inside the concept van are the following: leather steering wheel, titanium black seats with blue trim and blue decorative stitching.

There is no word yet on when will Volkswagen introduce the production version of the e-Crafter but they did say they plan to deliver the first vehicles by 2017.