The sixth generation VW T6 range that was unveiled at AutoRAI in Amsterdam in April this year is hybrid-ready, as per a new report from CarAdvice. The T6 range comprises of one commercial model – Transporter, and two passenger models – VW Caravelle and VW Multivan.
Fitting the hybrid technology in the vans is not a problem, but there’s no demand for hybrid vans, according to the company. Gisela Golling, head of systems and functions at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, told the Australian publication that the T6 was originally developed as hybrid-ready, but now isn’t the right time for its market launch. “I think hybrid is a thing which depends on the customer”, Ms Golling said. “We have to have a big market for hybrids, then we can offer a hybrid”, she added.
Hybrid variants although not planned for now, will be launched when the appropriate level of demand becomes existent. “If we have the customers we can do it”, Ms Golling said. “We’re able to do it”, she reaffirmed.
Ms Golling didn’t reveal which hybrid system would the T6 Hybrid get if it arrives in the future. She did hint though, that the van could go all-electric with technology borrowed from the e-Golf, or hybrid using the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid system from the Golf GTE and Passat GTE. She suggested that hybrid systems have already been tested on the van.
Pricing too is an issue though, as the commercial van market, especially in Europe, is price-sensitive. When it comes to hybrid and all-electric variants, the prices do get steeply high, undermining the price-attractiveness of the vans.
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