This Automaker Is Banking on Electric Vehicles, Including a Van

Volkswagen will launch its first battery-powered van later this month as it shifts to zero-emission vehicles following its diesel cheating scandal, but customers are still skeptical about the benefits of going electric.

“If electric drives offer no distinct benefits to cost-oriented entrepreneurs, they will not join in,” said Eckhard Scholz, chief executive of VW’s commercial vehicle unit.

Scholz said practical issues with the day-to-day use of electric vans as well as concerns about...

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