The beginning of June sees the start of production of the ABT e-Transporter 6.1. As with its predecessor, ABT e-Line, an official premium partner of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, is responsible for converting the vehicle to electric drive. The Schaeffler Group is acting as a strategic co-operation partner in this process. Together with the ABT Group, they have been performing pioneering work in Formula E as part of a technological partnership since 2014. The ABT e-Transporter 6.1 delivers a maximum output of 83 kW and a maximum torque of 200 Nm. The vehicle will be available with top speed options of either 90 km/h or 120 km/h. The range is between 105 and 138 km depending upon specification (according to WLTP), (gross) battery capacity is 37.3 kWh and electricity consumption between 27.0 and 35.8 kWh/100 km. The battery from the ABT e-Transporter 6.1 weighs 333 kg and is fully charged with AC from a 7.2-kW wallbox in approximately 5.5 hours. Alternatively, it can be charged to 80% capacity from a 50-kW rapid-charging station (CCS) in approximately 45 minutes. The vehicle is available to purchase or lease from selected Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles dealers (VWCV) or via ABT e-Line Partners. For more information, consult the international dealer locator. The Transporter will be available in Germany, France, Sweden, Poland, Spain, UK and Italy.
Because the “VW bus” has always been more than “just” a commercial vehicle, ABT Sportsline has an ace up its sleeve: the optional aero package. The comprehensive set from the world’s largest tuner of VW and Audi vehicles includes a front skirt add-on, a front grille add-on, side skirts, rear wing and rear skirt. Furthermore, the ABT Sport GR 9.0 x 20-inch alloy wheels are a feast for the eyes. Two finishes are available: matt black with diamond-machined finish or glossy black with diamond-machined rim flange.
The ABT e-Transporter is not just a pretty face. It also offers a full loading capacity of 6.7 m3. The kombi or caravelle transports up to nine people. The maximum payload is 1,096 kg as a commercial vehicle and up to 977 kg as a passenger vehicle. It can also handle braked trailer loads of up to 1,500 kg (750 kg unbraked). The ABT e-Transporter 6.1 is available exclusively with long wheelbase and in left-hand or right-hand drive versions. Net list prices start at €44,990 for the panel van, €49,623 for the kombi and €56,475 for the caravelle Comfortline.
ABT e-Transporter Leasing is also available, starting at €459/month for the panel van.