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The Volkswagen Transporter is something of an icon, having stood the test of time since 1950. However, the world moves on, and as emissions regulations tighten and a proposed ban on combustion engine sales looms, change is inevitable. Volkswagen’s response to this is a new all-electric model – the Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter 6.1.
First announced in 2018, the ABT e-Transporter has now finally made it to the UK. It has been developed in partnership with electric specialists ABT – a German tuning company better known for their Formula E racing team’s partnership with Audi.
Unlike the Mercedes-Benz eVito, rapid charging is available, though, with an 80% charge possible in just 45 minutes. It’s also important to note that the eTransporter does have the same volume carrying capacity as the diesel Transporter T6.1.
Competition is also not strictly limited just to pure-electric vans only, as a hybrid Ford Transit Custom PHEV and a hybrid version of the London Taxi, called the LEVC VN5, are also available in the mid-size van segment – both of which promise more than 300 miles of combined combustion engine and electric-only driving.