Tuned ABT e-Transporter van revealed
A tuned version of the Volkswagen e-Transporter electric van has been revealed ahead of its full debut at March's Geneva Motor Show, with first deliveries expected in the third quarter of 2019.
The ABT e-Transporter – which is being presented before the reveal of the standard Volkswagen version – features a 37.3kWh battery, giving just under 130 miles of range.
A larger, 74.6kWh battery is also expected to be made available, returning range of nearly 250 miles.
The ABT e-Transporter will be compatible with 40kW CCS chargers, charging up to 80% capacity in 49 minutes for the 37.3kWh battery, and 98 minutes for the 74.6kWh version.
The electric motor delivers 109bhp and 200Nm of torque, however acceleration and top speed figures haven't yet been revealed. A loading space of 6.7m³ has also been promised.
ABT’s changes include an exterior facelift, featuring a complete aero kit with a front skirt, front grille, side skirt and rear skirt, in addition to a rear wing.
A set of 20-inch alloy wheels includes rims with a “glossy black” finish, complete with 275/35 ZR20 Continental tyres. ABT says its new suspension springs improve handling, as well as the overall look of the van.
The full-electric Volkswagen e-Transporter is a development of the Volkswagen T6 version, having been electrified by ABT e-Line, a subsidiary of the long-established Volkswagen Group tuning company ABT Sportsline. The brand is an official partner of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, so its electric Transporter can be bought directly through the German manufacturer.
ABT also says it’s working on an electric Volkswagen e-Caddy, which will come with five seats and a load space of 4.2m³. It'll boast the same electric motor as the ABT e-Transporter, but range will be slightly longer, at 137 miles.