VW ABT eTransporter priced from £42,060

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has confirmed the fully electric eTransporter is priced from £42,060, excluding VAT and Government incentives.

Based on the new Transporter 6.1, the eTransporter is build in partnership with ABT. It offers a range of 82 miles and a cargo space of 6.7 cubic metres.

The 37.3kWh battery weighs 333Kg, giving the van a maximum payload of up to 1,001Kg.

It can be recharged (0-80%) in 45 minutes, using a 50kW rapid charger.

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.

A modified dual clutch transmission DSG, combines the conventional system with the requirements of an electric drive to develop sufficient power in any driving situation. When Drive (‘D’) is selected, the motor will deliver 75% power to maximise range, with the kickdown function on the gear shift providing 100% power and torque, maximising performance.

As standard, the ABT eTransporter is equipped with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, DAB, Bluetooth and Volkswagen AppConnect, which allows you to bring smartphone apps onto your infotainment system’s touchscreen.

It is also fitted with a comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems, including Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System, rear parking sensors and Crosswind Assist.

Pricing starts from £42,060 (ex VAT), while the Advance trim costs from £45,360. The kombi crew van and kombi crew van Advance are priced from £46,375 and £49,985 respectively.

Advance trim adds 17-inch 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.

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