Orders open for Volkswagen’s first electric van

Orders open for Volkswagen’s first electric van

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has opened order books for its first electric van in the UK.

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 starts from £42,060 excluding VAT, and is available with a zero per cent finance option.

The battery pack has been fitted beneath the floor so it doesn’t eat into the 6.7 cubic-metre cargo bay, which has a payload of up to 996kg. It provides a range of up to 82 miles and can be recharged to 80 per cent in 45 minutes at a 50kW charger.

VW ABTe Transporter 6.1

The electric motor makes 109bhp and it can go from 0-60mph in 17.2 seconds.

On-board equipment sees a 6.5-inch infotainment system with DAB radio added as standard equipment alongside Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and two USB-C interfaces in the dashboard. Meanwhile, safety systems include front assist with city emergency braking system, rear parking sensors and crosswind assist.

Prices start at £42,060 excluding VAT for the panel van, with prices increasing to £45,360 for the Advance trim. Opt for the kombi crew van and the trim prices start at £46,375 and £49,985 respectively.

Buyers that put down at least a 40 per cent deposit have access to a zero per cent finance offer, which would put prices at £415 per month for the entry van.

Additional equipment included on the Advance trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, electrically foldable door mirrors, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, heated windscreen and parking sensors.

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