The Volkswagen Transporter is the latest medium van to get an all-electric version, with the eTransporter.
Boasting a range of 82 miles, prices start at £42,060.
As the VW Group is working on setting up its own bespoke electric vehicle platform MEB, which will later spawn the standalone I.D. Buzz, it turned to partner ABT e-Line to develop the electric Transporter.
The battery is located underneath the load area to avoid impacting the cargo space, which is equal to the regular Transporter at 6.7m3. The eTransporter can carry a payload of up to 1,001kg.
VW doesn’t quote the battery size, but the total range, at 82 miles on the WLTP cycle doesn’t compare favourably with the Mercedes eVito’s 92 miles and pales in comparison to the recently announced PSA triplets, the Citroën ë-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e, which manage up to 205 miles, depending on which of the two available battery sizes is specced.
The price for the eTransporter, at £42,060 (all prices exclude VAT) is also slightly higher than the £40,415 Mercedes asks for the similarly-sized eVito Pure L3.
A crew van version of the eTransporter costs from £46,375.
Standard spec includes a DAB radio system with a 6.5in touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automatic emergency braking and rear parking sensors are standard as well.
The Advance equipment grade adds 17in alloy wheels, electrically foldable door mirrors, automatic headlights and wipers, a heated windscreen, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and front sensors.
An eTransporter Advance costs from £45,360, or from £49,985 for the crew van.
The VW eTransporter can be rapid charged at 50kW, filling the battery to 80% in 45 minutes. It can also be charged at a 7.2kW wallbox.
It is powered by a 110hp motor, giving a 0-62mph time of 17.4 seconds. Unusually, it still uses a DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Normally, electric vehicles don’t use multi-speed gearboxes, and instead have just a simple reduction gear.