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VW launches first all-electric van in UK

Volkswagen’s first all-electric van is now on sale in the UK, bringing up to 82 miles of zero-emission range and targeting urban fleets.

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Priced at £42,060 (exc. VAT), the ABT eTransporter 6.1 has been developed in partnership with ABT e-Line – an EV-focused subsidiary of German motor racing and tuning firm ABT Sportsline – and is exempt from road tax (VED) while also opening up unrestricted access to the London Ultra Low Emission Zone and the UK’s forthcoming Clean Air Zones.

Offered as a panel van and as a kombi crew model, it features an 110hp electric motor along with a 37.3kWh battery fitted underneath the load area to avoid compromising the cargo area; the eTransporter offers 6.7m3 and payload of up to 1,001kg.

Charging can be carried out up to 50kW DC using a CCS connector, giving an 80% charge within around 45 minutes.

It also supports AC charging up to 7.2kW, which can be done by using a wallbox, charging the battery in approximately 5.5 hours.

It’s fitted with regenerative braking and also comes with a modified DSG dual-clutch transmission, which delivers 75% of motor power in Drive (‘D’) but with a kickdown function providing 100% power and torque, maximising performance.

Two trims are offered; a basic model and an Advance trim. Pricing for the ABT eTransporter 6.1 Panel van starts from £42,060 (exc. VAT) with the Advance trim from £45,360 (exc. VAT). The kombi crew van and kombi crew van Advance are priced from £46,375 (exc. VAT) and £49,985 (exc. VAT), respectively.

The basic model comes with a DAB+ radio system with 6.5-inch touchscreen and four loudspeakers, SD card slot, Bluetooth handsfree and two USB interfaces (type-C) in the dashboard.

Volkswagen AppConnect, which allows you to bring smartphone apps onto your infotainment system’s touchscreen, is also standard alongside a number of driver assistance systems, including Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System, rear parking sensors and Crosswind Assist.

Advance trim adds in 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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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has nearly 20 years of fleet journalism experience, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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