Does this replace the Caravelle?
Yes. Where the Caravelle was based wholly on the Transporter van, the new Multivan is a bespoke design based on Volkswagen’ passenger car underpinnings. This allows for more equipment and more car-like driving experience.
How long does it take to charge?
The Multivan’s 13kWh hybrid system has a maximum charging speed of 3.6kW, so a full charge will take around four hours on a domestic home charger or around six hours on a three-pin plug. This gives an all-electric range of around 30 miles.
Are there any other engine options?
The eHybrid only has one output, so if you need more power, you’ll need to opt for a non-electrified model.
Can I tow with the new Multivan?
Volkswagen has confirmed that the new Multivan will be able to tow ‘up to 2,000kg’ but has not revealed final data relating to the eHybrid version. It is possible that the eHybrid may have a slightly lower capacity due to its increased kerbweight.
How much will it cost in the UK?
UK prices have yet to be confirmed, but we would estimate that the Multivan will start at around £50,000.
Should I wait for the ID. Buzz?
If you’re happy to make the switch to full electric and can wait for another year, then the ID. Buzz looks to be the more engaging proposition. If you need to cover longer distances on a regular basis, the Multivan eHybrid could prove to be a handy stop-gap.