Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched its first fully electric van in the UK with prices for the zero-emission ABT eTransporter 6.1 starting from £42,060

The model offers an all-electric range of up to 82 miles with a cargo space of 6.7m3. Flexible charging options allow for an 80 percent charge in just 45 minutes.

The compact battery is fitted underneath the load area to avoid compromising the cargo area of 6.7m3 and a payload of up to 1,001kg. The total range is up to 82 miles.

The Combined Charging System (CCS) socket on the new ABT eTransporter 6.1 provides a flexible charging solution, combining the ability to charge via both AC and DC. This means you can use any device that has either a CCS (DC charging) or Type 2 (AC charging) plug type. A Type 2 charging cable is included with the vehicle as standard.

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 achieve a charging state of 80 percent within approximately 45 minutes. This is ideal for vans working a busy shift pattern that need to be on the road and working.

The new ABT eTransporter 6.1 can support AC charging up to 7.2kW. This can be done by using a wall box, which will charge the lithium-ion battery in approximately five and a half hours.

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 is equipped as standard with a DAB+ radio system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and four loudspeakers, SD card slot, Bluetooth handsfree, and two USB interfaces (type-C) in the dashboard. Volkswagen AppConnect, which allows you to bring smartphone apps onto your infotainment system’s touchscreen, is also standard alongside a comprehensive suite of driver assistance systems, including Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System, rear parking sensors and Crosswind Assist.