Volkswagen launches first all-electric van

21 May 2020

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched its first fully electric van in the – the zero emissions ABT eTRansporter 6.1.

Developed in collaboration with Premium Partner ABT e-Line, the ABT eTransporter 6.1 offers zero-emissions motoring with an all-electric range of up to 82 miles with a cargo space of 6.7m3. Flexible charging options allow for 80 per cent charge in 45 minutes.

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 delivers a maximum power output of 110PS with a 0-62mph time of 17.4 seconds. The electric motor 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, which offers a payload of up to 1,001kg.

Also on the list of technologies for the eTransporter is regenerative braking, which switches 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 ABT eTransporter 6.1 features a modified dual-clutch transmission DSG, and when Drive (‘D’) is selected, the motor will deliver 75% power to maximise range, with the kickdown function on the gear shift providing 100% power and torque to maximise performance.

The 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 per cent within approximately 45 minutes.