The zero-emission van achieves a 75-mile range on a single full charge, enabling technicians to reach businesses across London, including those located in zero-emission zones, and reduce their downtime, Volkswagen said.
The converted mobile service clinics will allow technicians to carry out service work, inspections, A/C servicing, MOT repairs, minor warranty work and software updates remotely, while the vehicles are not being used, it said.
James Allitt, head of aftersales at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The addition of the Volkswagen ABT eTransporter marks a significant milestone in the electrification of our fleet, ahead of the ID. BUZZ Cargo in 2022.”
The panel van, provided by Alan Day Volkswagen, is equipped with on-board tools including compressed air jacks and a hand wash basin, and has solar panels fixed to its roof to power the vehicle’s interior electrics with no requirement for an additional battery unit.
Following its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2021, the Volkswagen ABT eTransporter conversion will be in operation later this year.
Volkswagen described the move as a ‘vital element’ of its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint in the capital as the company aims to expand its EV fleet.
John McNally, aftersales manager at Alan Day Volkswagen, said: “The past 18 months have shown how unique our customers’ needs can be and how much of a lifeline their vehicles are.
“With this mobile service clinic, we are now in a position to service a vehicle at a customer’s home if they are shielding or feel tentative about visiting a dealership.”