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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has long been one of the market leaders, with the Transporter van being one of the best and most sought-after vans around. However, there’s a new segment that’s quickly growing – electric vans. These are great for businesses that work in cities in particular because they avoid potential congestion charges, so Volkswagen has teamed up with VW Group tuning company ABT to produce an electric Transporter in both panel van and kombi body styles.
The Volkswagen Transporter has one of the best interiors in the business, benefitting from many of the design touches and materials used in the firm’s road cars. It means that although it’s been designed to be long-lasting, that doesn’t mean it feels cheap or look boring inside.The infotainment screen in particular gives it an ultra-modern look, and in the ABT eTransporter it includes a 6.5-inch unit that also includes Volkswagen AppConnect, which allows you to use your mobile phone apps through the infotainment system.
The infotainment system comes as standard with DAB radio, SD card slot, Bluetooth integration, two USB-C slots and the aforementioned Volkswagen AppConnect.The typical rev counter dial in the driver’s instrument cluster has been replaced with a power meter that includes a charge level indicator. When the needle is in the green, the battery is being charged by recuperation during braking.
Where as the blue area denotes the typically optimum speeds and acceleration for the most economical driving and thanks to the charge level indicator, you always have the current state of charge in the battery.
Volkswagen hasn’t held back on safety equipment, including Front Assist with City Emergency Braking included as standard, which can detect a potential collision with cars, cyclists and pedestrians and prepare the brakes to stop, even slightly engaging them to lend a helping hand if required.
It also includes Driver Steering Recommendation, which can gently intervene with the steering to stabilise the vehicle, and Crosswind Assist, which can apply the brakes if it detects a strong crosswind while the vehicle is travelling above 50mph. The ABT eTransporter comes with a Combined Charging System (CCS) socket and can accept a charge of up to 50kW, which Volkswagen reckons provides a 0-80 per cent charge within 45 minutes.
Cargo space is impressive, with a 6,700-litre load area and both side-loading and rear-opening access. It has a total payload of 1,001kg.
Load Compartment are in m2
Sliding door width x height in mm
1017 × 1282
1017 × 1264
Tailgate width x height in mm
1473 × 1299
1473 × 1290
Wing door width x height in mm
1473 × 1299
1473 × 1305
Turning circle in mm
Roof load limit in kg (2 roof carriers) / (3 roof carriers)
100 / 150
100 / 150
Standard equipment for the ABT eTransporter is impressive, with Front Assist with Emergency Braking System helping keep you safe behind the wheel, electronically adjustable and heated exterior door mirrors, air conditioning, 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and smartphone connectivity and rear parking sensors. It’s marked out from the Advance model through its 16-inch steel wheels and black bumpers.
The Advance trim level gets all the equipment listed above, but also adds a heated windscreen, LED headlights with separate LED daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors and electrically foldable exterior door mirrors. On the outside, it gets 17-inch alloy wheels and body-coloured exterior door mirror housings, door handles and bumpers.
The Volkswagen ABT eTransporter is one of the smartest looking vans in the segment with its boxy styling making it something of a cult hero in the lifestyle sector as well as the commercial one. The ABT eTransporter gets all the latest styling touches, with a chunky black front bumper on the entry model that’s replaced with a body-coloured version on the pricier example.
Under the bonnet sits an 83kW electric motor that has 200Nm of torque, so acceleration won’t be a problem, even when fully loaded. The 0-60mph time is 17.4 seconds. It uses Volkswagen’s latest generation of electric motor technology, which is lighter, quieter and smoother to drive than ever before, and the battery comes with a 100,000-mile or eight-year warranty.
In the panel van, range is up to 82 miles and it is capable of carrying a payload of up to 1,001kg with a loading volume of 6,700 litres, while the kombi version has a range of 80 miles, a maximum payload of 914kg and a maximum load volume of 4,400 litres.
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