Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have introduced the ABT e-Transporter electric van onto its Mobile Service Clinic fleet in the UK. It will provide remote, zero-emission, expert servicing to businesses as part of the brand’s ‘Working with You’ promise.
Following its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2021, the Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter conversion will be in operation later this year, bolstering the brand’s fleet of Mobile Service Clinics. This is similar to what Mercedes are doing with their Service24h roadside assistance e-Sprinter in the London area.
The zero-emission van has a range of 75 miles (121km) allowing Volkswagen trained technicians to reach businesses all over London, including those located in zero-emission zones, and reduce their downtime.
Vehicle downtime costs businesses up to £500 per van but with specially converted Mobile Service Clinics, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ expert technicians are able to carry out service work quickly.
Technicians can carry out all inspections, A/C servicing, MOT repairs, minor warranty work and software updates remotely, while the vehicles are not being used.
One neat touch is that the ABT e-Transporter conversion features solar panels fixed to its roof. These are used to sustainably power the vehicle’s interior electrics with no requirement for an additional battery unit.
Alan Day is a long-term franchise partner of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, providing premium customer service since 1972, and is the first Van Centre to add an ABT e-Transporter to its lineup of Mobile Service Clinics.
John McNally, Volkswagen aftersales manager at Alan Day, said: “At Alan Day, we are committed to minimising our carbon footprint and reducing vehicle emissions. We are based in London, within the ULEZ zone, so with the addition of the Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter, our expert technicians can service our customers all over the capital.
“The past 18 months have shown how unique our customers’ needs can be and how much of a lifeline their vehicles are. With this Mobile Service Clinic, we are now in a position to service a vehicle at a customer’s home if they are shielding or feel tentative about visiting a dealership.”