Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles launches first all-electric van in the UK

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched its first fully electric van in the UK - the zero-emission ABT eTransporter 6.1 - developed in collaboration with Premium Partner ABT e-Line.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles launches first all-electric van in the UK
ABT e-Transport 6.1. Courtesy of Volkswagen

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 offers an all-electric range of up to 82 miles with a cargo space of 6.7 square metres. Flexible charging options allow for 80 per cent  charge in just 45 minutes. The vehicle delivers a maximum power output of 110PS (83kW), with a 0-62 mph time of just 17.4 seconds. Prices start from £42,060 (exc. VAT).

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. Total range is up to 82 miles.

The vehicle 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 (‘D’) is selected, the motor will deliver 75 percent power to maximise range, with the kickdown function on the gear shift providing 100 percent power and torque, maximising performance.

The Combined Charging System (CCS) socket provides a flexible charging solution, combining the ability to charge via both AC and DC. This means that any device that has either a CCS (DC charging) or Type 2 (AC charging) plug type can be used. A Type 2 charging cable is included with the vehicle as standard.

Rapid charging using a DC charger is the fastest way to charge the van. It 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 vehicle can also support AC charging up to 7.2kW, which can be done by using a wallbox, which will charge the lithium-ion battery in approximately five and a half hours.

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