Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched their first fully electric van in the UK. Prices for the battery-electric ABT eTransporter 6.1 start from £42,060 (exc. VAT). As VW is still waiting on approval, the price does not include the Plug-in Van Grant so far.
VW’s electric transporter features a smaller battery to maximize the load capacity, resulting in a range of 82 miles (131 km), according to WLTP. The cargo place of 6.7 m³ can carry loads up to 1,001 kg. Charging can be done via CCS on both AC or DC chargers and comes with a type 2 charging cable, which allows for 80 per cent in 45 minutes on a 50 kW DC charging connection. AC charging takes up to five and a half hours on a 7.2 kW current.
An 83kW electric motor allows for an acceleration of 0-62 mph (0-100 kph in 17.4 seconds using a 37.3 kWh battery. Driving is further supported by a new battery gauge which shows how much energy the regenerative braking systems provides or optimum driving speeds to maximize battery life.
VWCV will offer a total of four trims in the UK with the following pricing: The regular 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 (excl. VAT) and £49,985 (excl. VAT), respectively.
Regarding the application for the Plug-in Car Grant, it appears that things are in order for it to process smoothly, granting up to 20% of the purchase price of the vehicle. Already the electric van qualifies for the exemption from road tax (VED) in Britain and is also afforded unrestricted access to the London Ultra Low Emission Zone and Clean Air Zones. The environmental restrictions in the capital have just been reinstalled and will incur higher charges from 22 June as reported.
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey, London.
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