A new electric conversion for diesel Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 vans has been launched.

It is being offered by converter ABT, which previously worked with VW to produce new electric Transporters, before they were superseded with the launch of the new ID. Buzz.

Now, ABT is offering the conversion of existing diesel vehicles to battery-electric drive, via the installation of a 37.3kWh battery and a 112hp electric motor.

This provides a range of between 65 miles and 85 miles on the official WLTP cycle, depending on the van’s spec, with top speed limited to 55mph as standard, or 74mph as an option.

A full battery charge can be completed in around five-and-a-half hours with a 7.2kW wallbox, or an 80% charge can be completed with a 50kW charger in around 45 minutes.

ABT says almost all Transporter 6.1 models can be converted, whether long or short wheelbase, with high roof or without, platform models or chassis with special bodies, as long as they have a diesel engine and DSG gearbox.

The conversion is available in the UK, but ABT has only quoted prices in euros. It quotes a price for the conversion kit of €19,900 net, and installation and registration costs from €3,950 net (depending on the base vehicle).