VW Brings First Commercial Duty BEV to Market

Volkswagen has brought its first all-electric LCV to the European market in the shape of the ABT eTransporter 6.1.

The van, a joint venture between VW and ABT, claims a range of up to 82 miles with a cargo space of 38ft-sq, a payload of up to 2,202-lbs and an 80% charge rate in 45 minutes on superchargers. It boats a maximum power output of 107bhp with a 0-62mph time of 17.4 seconds.

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 is also fitted with regenerative braking, switching 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.

Battery status is displayed on the dashboard 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 van 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 Mode is selected, the motor will deliver 75% power to maximise range, with the kickdown function on the gear shift providing 100% power and torque, maximising performance.

Its Combined Charging System (CCS) socket claims flexible charging, combining the ability to charge via both AC and DC allowing the use of any device that has either a CCS (DC charging) or Type 2 (AC charging) plug type. Prices in the UK start from £42,060 ($51,106) excluding taxes.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

 

 


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