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This all-electric van promises to transform the commercial transportation industry with its impressive electric range, practicality, and modern features. The Volkswagen e-Transporter stands out as a formidable contender in the electric utility vehicle market.
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The design of the e-Transporter is a blend of modernity and practicality, staying true to the classic and timeless styling of the Transporter line. It retains the iconic boxy shape that has been a hallmark of the Transporter vans for decades. While the exterior design is not significantly different from its internal combustion engine counterparts, subtle cues and badging distinguish it as an electric variant.
The e-Transporter is designed with practicality in mind, catering to various commercial and utility needs. One of the significant advantages of electric vehicles is their packaging efficiency, and the e-Transporter is no exception. The placement of the battery pack is optimized to ensure it doesn't compromise the cargo space or interior room.
The van's sliding side doors and rear doors offer easy access to the cargo area, making loading and unloading goods hassle-free. The e-Transporter is available in different body styles and configurations, allowing businesses to choose the one that best suits their specific requirements, whether it be for goods delivery, passenger transport, or other commercial purposes.
Inside, the e-Transporter offers a driver-focused cabin, with a functional layout and high-quality materials. The instrument cluster features digital displays, providing essential information about the vehicle's battery status, range, and energy consumption. The centre console houses the infotainment system with touchscreen functionality, smartphone integration, and other modern amenities.
Depending on the trim level, the e-Transporter comes equipped with an intuitive infotainment system with a touchscreen display, offering features such as Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), and navigation. Some trims include a digital instrument cluster to provide the driver with important vehicle information.
For passenger variants, there are different seating configurations available in the rear, while cargo variants offer a spacious and versatile cargo area with practical features such as load lashing points and tie-downs. There are also passenger-focused variants like Kombi and Shuttle and cargo-focused variants like the Panel Van. However, it's important to note that the availability of specific trims and features may vary depending on the market and the version of the e-Transporter being offered.
The e-Transporter boasts an 83kW electric motor and a 37kWh battery pack, taking the place of the traditional engine and fuel tank. In terms of performance, the e-Transporter impresses with its electric powertrain, delivering seamless and rapid acceleration, even when fully loaded with cargo. The electric motor's instant torque makes navigating through city traffic and handling steep inclines effortless. Moreover, the e-Transporter operates quietly, enhancing the overall driving experience and ensuring a peaceful and comfortable ride, particularly suitable for extended working hours.
One notable feature of the e-Transporter is its ability to provide a slight power boost when needed, similar to a kickdown function found in automatic gearboxes. Under normal driving conditions, you get access to 75% of the 83kW motor's power, but pressing harder on the accelerator unleashes the full 100%. This feature is akin to many automatic gearboxes coupled with traditional combustion engines, but with the added benefit of delivering power more smoothly and instantaneously, offering a quick burst of acceleration for overtaking or navigating intersections promptly.
Overall, the Volkswagen e-Transporter is a great for a commercial electric vehicle. Its impressive electric range, performance, practicality, and modern features make it a compelling choice for businesses looking to make a positive impact on both the environment and their bottom line. Despite some minor challenges like charging infrastructure and upfront costs, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. As electric vehicle technology continues to advance, the e-Transporter sets a high standard for electric utility vehicles, and makes an excellent electric van leasing option.
The Volkswagen e-Transporter is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £50,400.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from Price On Request.
If you're considering leasing a Volkswagen e-Transporter, we proudly offer excellent van leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).
Leasing a Volkswagen e-Transporter can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.
It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest Audi retailer.