With grants available for purchasing and charge point installation, the potential of lower running and servicing costs and free access to ultra-low emissions zones, these factors can make buying and owning an electric van an attractive choice for you and your business in the future.
Developed in collaboration with our Premium Partner ABT e-Line, a company that is considered a pacesetter for electric mobility for both motorsport and road vehicles, we have introduced the ABT eTransporter 6.1 – our first fully electric van in the UK. Replacing the internal combustion engine with an electric power train has the potential to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on our roads, and with this in mind, the iconic Transporter 6.1 is now available as an all-electric version.
Electrically driven, classically dependable.
We understand that no matter what kind of drivetrain your vehicle has it needs to be robust and dependable. By combining our expertise with ABT e-Line we’ve taken the same impeccable standards you’ve come to love about our vehicles, but updated the drivetrain to be more sustainable than ever.
With a range of 82 miles1, the ABT eTransporter 6.1 is perfectly suited to many different business types, including local couriers, delivery drivers, and local businesses. Plus, a 6.7m3 load volume and a payload of up to 996kg makes it easier to meet the demands of your working day. The ABT eTransporter 6.1 is available to order now, as either a panel van or kombi van.
Choose from two trim levels to suit your needs
The new ABT eTransporter 6.1 is available in two trims. Both come with a wide variety of features, including the following highlights:
ABT eTransporter 6.1
ABT eTransporter 6.1 Advance
Power and efficiency.
The usual rev counter dial in the driver’s instrument cluster is 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. The blue area denotes the typically optimum speeds and acceleration for the most economical driving and in addition, thanks to the charge level indicator, you always have the current state of charge in the battery. The energy consumption and the remaining range can also be shown on the multi-function display.
Modified dual clutch transmission DSG.
Taking the advantages of the conventional dual clutch transmission DSG and combining it with the requirements of electric drive, the new ABT eTransporter 6.1 develops sufficient power in any driving situation. Like in a normal ICE, using the gear shift you can select Park ‘P’, Reverse ‘R’ and Drive ‘D’. Driving in ‘D’ provides you with 75% power and torque therefore maximising the range, the kickdown function delivers 100% power and torque, maximising performance.
Advanced safety features
The ABT eTransporter 6.1 comes with the latest range of our innovative Driver Assistance systems, making it safe and easy to drive.
Front Assist with City Emergency Braking
Volkswagen were the first to include Front Assist and City Emergency Braking as standard across its entire van range. The upgraded Front Assist detects when the vehicle ahead is getting too close, as well as both pedestrians and cyclists, and will prepare the ABT eTransporter 6.1’s brakes if needed. If the risk remains, the system will partially apply the brakes to give you a helping hand.
Why go electric?
Power and performance
The ABT eTransporter 6.1’s electric drivetrain doesn’t compromise on power. The standard 83kW electric motor packs 200 Nm of torque and can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 17.4 seconds. Built to the high standards of quality you’ve come to expect from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the motor is lighter, quieter and smoother to drive than ever before. Plus, the ABT eTransporter 6.1’s payload is not compromised, as the compact batteries are fitted below the load area. We’re so confident in the quality of the ABT eTransporter 6.1, that the high voltage battery comes with an eight years or 100,000 miles warranty (whichever is soonest) on all material or manufacturing defects.
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The compact battery is designed to provide more than 1,600 charging cycles and consists of 16 modules that can be individually replaced. In addition, the cargo area is not compromised, as the compact batteries of the ABT eTransporter 6.1 are fitted below the load area.
Recuperation is the recovery of energy usually lost when braking. On the ABT eTransporter 6.1, this is achieved by changing the drive motor to generator operation and feeding the resulting current into the vehicle’s battery, where it is stored for later use.
03 Electric motor.
A technically advanced and lightweight electric motor replaces the conventional internal combustion engine in the ABT eTransporter 6.1. The compact motor is extremely quiet and requires lower maintenance while providing instant torque.
04 Power electronics.
The power electronics provide the central component of the electric drive. It provides connection to the high-voltage battery and supplies the on-board electronics and the electric motor with energy.
* Figures shown are for comparability purposes and were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. Mains electricity required for charging. Only compare electric range figures with vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. Figures may not reflect real life driving results.
A wallbox is designed to provide a more efficient charging performance and consequently shorter charging time than a normal domestic mains socket. A 7.2kW wallbox will charge the lithium-ion battery from 0-100% in approximately five and a half hours*. For more information regarding wallboxes or to discuss what the right charging infrastructure is for your business, please contact your local authorised Volkswagen Van Centre, who will be happy to advise you.
Rapid charging using a DC charger is the fastest way to charge your electric van. The new ABT eTransporter 6.1 supports up to 50kW DC charging using a CCS connector, which means the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery can be charged from 0-80% in approximately 45 minutes*.
The new ABT eTransporter 6.1 can support AC charging up to 7.2kW. This can be done either by using a wallbox or by plugging into a standard UK 3-pin mains socket
(cable not supplied). We recommend using a wallbox to charge your van due to the high energy demands and the significantly faster charge time.
* Actual charge times may vary depending on the age, type, condition and temperature of the charger and battery, as well as the ambient temperature at the point of use as well as other factors. Charge times will be longer if battery cell temperature activates safeguarding technology.
Built for your business.
With a high load capacity and a wide range of equipment as standard, the ABT eTransporter 6.1 is built with your business in mind. Driving the ABT eTransporter 6.1 means zero road tax (VED) and lower running and servicing costs, saving you and your business money. Plus, because the ABT eTransporter 6.1 is zero-emissions, it’s also exempt from low emission zone charges, including the London Congestion Charge. The government now offers grants that can lower the sale price of your electric vehicle and even cut the cost of installing at-home charging stations. You can take advantage of these money-saving initiatives that make going green more affordable as well as practical.
Government Plug In Vehicle grant
The ABT eTransporter 6.1 currently qualifies for the Plug In Vehicle grant3, offered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to promote the purchase of ultra-low emission vehicles.
The £8,000 grant has already been deducted from the recommended 'on the road' price shown (and therefore the recommended 'on the road' price will increase in the event that grant funding is withdrawn, or eligibility for the grant or the grant amount changes, for any reason).
Your local Van Centre will submit the details of your order online in order to claim the grant funding. The grant is subject to full T&Cs and eligibility requirements
To find out more contact your local Van Centre or visit https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants
ABT eTransporter 6.1 panel van
ABT eTransporter 6.1 kombi
Up to 82 miles
Up to 80 miles
Combined power consumption2
28.4 - 28.1 kWh/62 miles
29.1 - 28.9 kWh/62 miles
Engine power, max.
Up to 996kg
Up to 900kg
Loading volume, max.
Figures shown are for comparability purposes and were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. Mains electricity required for charging. Only compare electric range figures with vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. Figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.
These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The ABT eTransporter 6.1 is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. Zero emissions while driving. Data correct at [05/20].
Vehicle eligibility and grant figure correct as at 09/09/2020. The OLEV Plug-In Vehicle Grants ("Grants") are subject to full terms and conditions and eligibility and may be revised or withdrawn at any time without prior notice. The Grant rates in effect from time to time are set out on the OLEV website and are subject to change in OLEV's sole discretion. "Eligible Vehicle" means right-hand drive vehicles for sale through Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited (VWG)'s authorised retailers in the UK that meet all of OLEV's eligibility criteria and that have been approved by OLEV as eligible for the Grant from time to time. "Purchase Price" means the full actual price of the Eligible Vehicle, including any discount on the vehicle, number plates, vehicle excise duty and VAT (as applicable) and excluding any optional extras, delivery charges and first registration fee. The Grant is applied to the Purchase Price of an Eligible Vehicle purchased directly from authorised, participating retailers in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland only), by either private or business customers and delivered and registered between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2025. The Grant cannot be claimed for vehicles sold in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Customers do not need to go through an application process for the Grant. The Grant is applied to the Purchase Price of Eligible Vehicles at the point of purchase. Vehicles which have been given the Grant are not to be exported (i.e. sold outside the UK) within 5 years from the date of purchase without prior written permission of the Secretary of State for Transport. Customers must be residents of the UK, aged 18 years or over. Customers must have a UK address, register the vehicle in the UK, and must have paid UK Value Added Tax (VAT) on the vehicle. Members of the British Armed forces living abroad are eligible to claim for the Grant and can use their BFPO postcode. British diplomats living abroad or foreign diplomats living in the UK are also eligible to claim for the Grant. The grant scheme may be withdrawn by OLEV and eligibility criteria and/or available grant amounts may change at any time. For additional eligibility criteria and full terms and conditions please visit https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants.
Home charging using a domestic socket will depend on the condition and suitability of the wiring in your home. Always consult a qualified electrician before charging when using a domestic socket for the first time, or, if the socket is to be used as the primary source of charging. Domestic sockets on the same circuit as other appliances, particularly those in frequent use, will draw additional amperage which may result in a breaker switch being 'tripped'. Establishing a separate circuit for home charging will help ensure your electric vehicle is supplied with a consistent, uninterrupted current. For optimum charging, we recommend installing an electric vehicle charging point at home. Please ensure your plug is standard, fully functional and correctly installed before using it to charge your car.
Charging times will depend on various factors, including temperature, state of the battery, state of and capabilities of the charging unit and power supply. Actual charging time will vary depending on the level of charge in the battery, as well as environmental conditions. Charging times will also be affected by the charging curve for example once charging passes 80%, charging will slow to protect the battery’s longevity.
Images are for illustration purposes only. Vehicle shown may not reflect UK specification.