China’s LDV will be the first automaker to launch an electric Ute in Australia, due for release in November 2022, along with a zero-emission van and people mover.
Chinese carmaker LDV has announced it will launch three electric vehicles in Australia this year – a van, a people mover and Australia’s first electric ute.
The long-awaited LDV eT60, due to arrive in November 2022 – an electric variant of the company’s diesel-powered T60-Ute – will lead the electric vehicle range, launching alongside the eDeliver 9 electric van and the Mifa 9 people mover.
The LDV eT60 crew cab is equipped with a 130 kW/310 Nm electric motor that drives the rear wheels and is powered by an 88.5 kWh battery.
LDV claims that the 2300 kg LDV eT60 has a range of 330 km in the European WLTP test cycle, but this is only achievable when the electric drive is discharged.
According to the LDV, the range of the eT60 is reduced by up to 50 percent when towed at its maximum load capacity of 1500 kg.
An onboard 11kW AC charger allows the LDV eT60 to be charged from five to 100 percent in around nine hours, while the Elektro-Ute can be quickly charged from 20 to 80 percent in around 45 minutes with DC.
While Australian pricing is yet to be confirmed, in New Zealand the LDV eT60 will cost from NZ$79,990 – around US$72,000 when converted to Australian currency, around 65 per cent more than the T60 flagship diesel model.
In addition to the LDV eT60 ute, the Chinese brand will bring the eDeliver 9 van to Australian commercial customers, joining the growing electric van market, which includes models from Renault, Mercedes-Benz and Ford.
Based on the diesel-powered LDV Deliver 9, the eDeliver 9 is available abroad in three body styles – Big (short wheelbase), Bigger (long wheelbase) and Cab chassis – and offers between 9.66 and 10.97 cubic meters of cargo volume.
LDV has yet to confirm which variants will be available in Australia.
The LDV eDeliver9 uses a 150kW/310Nm electric motor on the rear axle, powered by the same 88.5kWh battery pack as the eT60. The AC and DC charging capabilities are unchanged from the electric ute.
In New Zealand, only the largest LDV eDeliver 9 Bigger is fitted with the 88.5 kWh battery, which is offered alongside the 51.5 kWh and 72 kWh variants of the Big and Bigger.
The LDV eDeliver 9 88.5 kWh is priced at NZ$99,990 in New Zealand – the equivalent of AU$87,900, around 40 per cent more expensive than the flagship Deliver 9 LWB Automatic in Australia.
LDV’s third electric vehicle to be launched this November will be the people mover Mifa 9, the Chinese automaker’s only all-new model to be launched in Australia.
The seven-seat Mifa 9 is the first LDV model to be built on a dedicated electric platform, with UK-supplied variants powered by a 180kW/350Nm electric motor coupled to a 90kWh battery pack .
In the European WLTP test cycle, the LDV Mifa 9 achieved a claimed range of 440km, with an onboard 11kW AC charger charging its battery from five to 100 percent in 8.5 hours. With a DC quick charger, the battery can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in 36 minutes.
The LDV Mifa 9 will be equipped with a range of safety technologies including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear collision warning, lane departure warning, lane change assist, emergency lane departure warning, electronic stability control and a drowsiness reminder.
According to the LDV, an eight-seater variant of the electric people mover Mifa 9 will be launched in early 2023.
journey expects that next year a new-generation petrol-powered LDV truck (known as the G90) will follow the Mifa 9, replacing the G10 wagon that was canceled in June.
LDV is expected to confirm the Australian prices and specifications of its three electric vehicles closer to the arrival of their local showrooms in November 2022.
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