September 20, 2018
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ABT Turns VW Vans Into Electric Delivery Vehicles

ABT Sportsline, a leading tuner for Volkswagen Group, showed off something a little different at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany: electric vehicles.

The company took a standard VW Transporter and Caddy and turned both into electric delivery vans that suit European conditions. Properly named the e-Transporter and e-Caddy, both feature fully electric powertrains without compromising on cargo space.

ABT’s e-Transporter boasts 237 cubic feet of volume, unchanged from the regular Transporter delivery van. Also present is the van’s multi-purpose floor with a complete cabinet or workshop area. For those who need more space, the e-Transporter offers a trailer hitch to tug around an additional trailer.

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In base configuration, the e-Transporter will go 208 kilometers (130 miles) on a single charge with a 37.3-kilowatt-hour battery pack. ABT added a 74.6 kwh battery pack will be available for those who need even more range. The larger battery pack returns an estimated 400 km (250 miles) on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Of note, the NEDC is being phased out in favor of the worldwide harmonized light vehicles test procedure (WLTP). The test reflects real-world range much better than the generous NEDC cycle.

The electric van will haul up to 1,500 pounds and features CCS quick-charging technology. When using the proper plug, the 37.3 kwh battery will recharge to 80 percent capacity in 49 minutes. The larger 74.6 kwh battery will take about an hour and a half, though. Power is rated at 109 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.

As for the e-Caddy, it receives the e-Transporter’s 37.3 kwh battery and a max range of 220 km (137 miles). Power is identical to e-Transporter at 109 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. With its smaller size, the e-Caddy will fit 148 cubic feet worth of cargo inside.

It’s unclear when ABT will roll out the e-line vehicles for sale, but Europe’s city streets could soon be filled with the silent delivery vans.

A version of this story originally appeared on Hybrid Cars