The new Volkswagen Transporter has an electric version

With fuel prices set rice we thought it might be good to focus on alternative options. VW's iconic van, bus and camper range gets more tech and plug-in-ability

With fuel prices set rice we thought it might be good to focus on alternative options.

Transporter, Caravelle, California, Multivan… by whichever name you best know Volkswagen’s quite iconic lines of vans, buses and campers, there’s a new version, and this is it.

Dubbed the T6.1, you’d be forgiven for thinking it represents a relatively small update over the existing T6. Indeed, there’s the usual light sprinkling of newness via a bolder grille, new driver assistance systems (including self-parking, trailer assist and a stabilisation system for crosswinds) and much connectivity, highlights being digital dials and wireless smartphone link-up.

Dubbed the T6.1, you’d be forgiven for thinking it represents a relatively small update over the existing T6. Indeed, there’s the usual light sprinkling of newness via a bolder grille, new driver assistance systems (including self-parking, trailer assist and a stabilisation system for crosswinds) and much connectivity, highlights being digital dials and wireless smartphone link-up.

But there’s bigger news. Alongside a bunch of 2.0 TDI diesels (topping out at 196bhp) there’s now a fully electric version, developed with the help of tuning and motorsport specialists ABT and possessing 110bhp. With the option of a humongous 77.6kWh battery, it can travel almost 300 miles on a charge. Though we suspect that’ll fall depending on how you drive it and how heavily you load it…

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