Volkswagen’s First All-Electric Van, the eTransporter, Now Available To Order

The Volkswagen ABT eTransporter, the companies first fully electric van, is now available to order from £42,060 excluding VAT. Developed in collaboration with ABT e-Line, the eTransporter promises quiet and smooth driving, instant torque, fast charging and high load capacity.

Volkswagen eTransporter: Motor and Drivetrain

Delivering a maximum power output of 110hp, the technically-advanced and lightweight electric motor provides smooth and quiet driving, low maintenance requirements and instant torque. Acceleration is brisk enough, with 62mph being reached in 17.4 seconds.

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

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

Volkswagen eTransporter: Battery and Range

There’s a 37.3kWh battery pack fitted underneath the load area, which is enough to offer an official range of 82 miles. The van makes efforts to extend that range, by limiting power to just 75% unless the accelerator is pressed all the way down.

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.

Battery status is clearly indicated in 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 while the blue area denotes the optimum speeds and acceleration for the most economical driving.

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Volkswagen eTransporter: Charging

A Combined Charging System (CCS) socket is fitted to the ABT eTransporter 6.1, providing flexible charging options. The system allows the van to be charged from either a rapid-charge CCS or Type 2 plug type, or at home using the Type 2 wall box.

Supporting rates of up to 50kW, the eTransporter can be charged from empty to 80% charge in around 45 minutes. Slower charging using a wallbox can be done at up to 7.2kW, meaning a charge will take approximately five and a half hours – perfect for leaving plugged in overnight, ready for the next day.

Volkswagen eTransporter: Load

Volkswagen claims that the addition of the battery pack hasn’t impacted the loadspace available, which means that there’s still 6.7m3 of room in the back. With a width between wheel arches of 1,244mm, you’ll be able to squeeze three Euro Pallets into the back of the eTransporter.

Where there is a change is the total payload. Thanks to the weight of the battery pack, that’s been reduced to a maximum of 996kg.

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Volkswagen eTransporter: Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the ABT eTransporter 6.1 Panel van starts from £42,060 CV OTR with the Advance trim from £45,360. The kombi crew van and kombi crew van Advance are priced from £46,375 and £49,985 CV OTR, respectively.

Volkswagen is launching the eTransporter with a range of finance packages including interest-free options. Customers can secure 0% APR on hire purchase, with a minimum 40% deposit. For businesses, the ABT eTransporter 6.1 Panel van is available on contract hire from £415 per month.

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With its zero-emission status, all variants of the ABT eTransporter 6.1 are exempt from road tax (VED) and afforded unrestricted access to the London Ultra Low Emission Zone and Clean Air Zones. They also qualify for OLEV’s Plug-in Van Grant, which the pricing above does not include.