Order books for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ first fully electric van in the UK, developed in collaboration with Premium Partner ABT e-Line, are now open.
The ABT eTransporter 6.1 has an all-electric range of up to 82 miles with cargo space of 6.7 cubic metres. Flexible charging options allow for 80 percent charge in 45 minutes. The vehicle delivers a maximum power output of 110PS (83kW), with a 0-62mph time of 17.4 seconds. It is fitted with regenerative braking, switching the drive motor to generator operation to recover energy lost when braking. The resulting current being 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 on the new ABT eTransporter 6.1 provides a flexible charging solution, combining the ability to charge via both AC and DC. This means any device can be used that has either a CCS (DC charging) or Type 2 (AC charging) plug type. A Type 2 charging cable is included with the vehicle as standard.
Rapid charging using a DC charger is the fastest way to charge an electric van. 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 percent 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 6.1 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 (based on 7.2kW charger).
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 (PiVG).