Volkswagen launches first all-electric Transporter

ABT eTransporter 6.1 offers 82-mile range with prices starting from £42,060

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched its first fully electric van in the UK with prices for the ABT eTransporter 6.1 starting from £42,060.

Developed in collaboration with Premium Partner ABT e-Line, the model offers an all-electric range of up to 82 miles with a cargo space of 6.7m3.

Flexible charging options allow for 80 per cent charge in just 45 minutes.

Performance and efficiency

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 delivers a maximum power output of 110PS (83kW), with a 0-62mph time of just 17.4 seconds.

The technically-advanced and lightweight electric motor provides smooth and quiet driving, low maintenance requirements and instant maximum torque.

This is connected to the battery via the power electronics that supply energy to both the on-board electronics and the electric motor.

The compact battery is fitted underneath the load area to avoid compromising the cargo area of 6.7m3 and payload of up to 1,001kg.

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 is also fitted with regenerative braking, switching the drive motor to generator operation to recover energy lost when braking.

The resulting current is fed back into the battery and stored for later use.

The driver is able to see the battery status from the instrument cluster, where the usual rev counter dial has been replaced with a power meter.

When the needle is in the green, the battery is being charged by recuperating energy that would otherwise be lost during braking.

The blue area denotes the optimum speeds and acceleration for the most economical driving, while the charge level indicator states the current charge in the battery.

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 features a modified dual clutch transmission DSG, combining the conventional system with the requirements of an electric drive to develop sufficient power in any driving situation.

When Drive is selected, the motor will deliver 75 per cent power to maximise range, with the kickdown function on the gear shift providing 100 per cent power and torque, maximising performance.

Charging

The combined charging system (CCS) socket on the new ABT eTransporter provides a flexible charging solution, combining the ability to charge via both AC and DC.

Any device that has either a CCS (DC charging) or type two (AC charging) plug type can be used.

A type two charging cable is included with the vehicle as standard.

The new ABT eTransporter 6.1 supports up to 50kW DC charging using a CCS connector, which means the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery can achieve a charging state of 80 per cent within approximately 45 minutes. This is ideal for vans working a busy shift pattern which need to be on the road and working.

The new ABT eTransporter can support AC charging up to 7.2kW.

This can be done by using a wallbox, which will charge the lithium-ion battery in approximately five and a half hours.

Technology

The ABT eTransporter is equipped as standard with a DAB+ radio system with 6.5-inch touchscreen and four loudspeakers, SD card slot, Bluetooth handsfree and two USB interfaces in the dashboard.

Volkswagen AppConnect, which allows you to bring smartphone apps onto the infotainment system’s touchscreen, is also standard alongside a comprehensive suite of advanced driver assistance systems, including front assist with city emergency braking system, rear parking sensors and crosswind assist.

Pricing and running costs

Pricing for the ABT eTransporter 6.1 Panel van starts from £42,060 + VAT with the advance trim from £45,360 + VAT.

The kombi crew van and kombi crew van Advance are priced from £46,375 + VAT and £49,985 + VAT, respectively.

Advance trim adds design, comfort and safety options, including 17” alloy wheels, electrically foldable door mirrors, automatic LED headlights, rain sensing windscreen wipers, heated windshield, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and front and rear parking sensors.

With its zero-emission status, all variants of the ABT eTransporter 6.1 are exempt from road tax and afforded unrestricted access to the London Ultra Low Emission Zone and Clean Air Zones.

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