Australia’s first electric ute – the LDV eT60 from China – has gone on sale with a hefty price tag and limited range. But there is already a waiting list to buy one.
- 2023 LDV eT60 price and specifications
- Australia’s first electric ute comes from China
- Electric range of 330km halved when towed or loaded, 2WD only
- Prices start at $92,990 per car, more than double the cost of the top-of-the-line diesel version
That 2023 LDV eT60 – the first electric ute to be launched in Australia – has beaten the market-leading Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger to local showrooms with a zero-emission pick-up.
The Chinese-made electric Ute LDV eT60 follows suit a revised LDV T60 series scheduled to arrive in showrooms in the coming weeks (click here for more details).
Price from $92,990 to drive away the LDV eT60 costs more than twice as expensive the most expensive version of the diesel double-cab LDV T60.
Despite its price, the LDV eT60 Elektro-Ute lacks advanced safety aids that are now standard equipment on most competitors, such as autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control, blind zone warning, rear cross-traffic alert, tire pressure monitoring and speed-sign recognition.
Oddly enough, it also has a standard ignition key and no push-button start.
The electric LDV eT60 will initially be offered in one model stage. It comes with a generous 88.55 kWh battery pack which would offer a range of about 500 km in a passenger car.
However, for the LDV eT60, the maximum range on a single charge is listed below 330km due to the added weight and tall body of the heavy-duty workhorse.
The LDV eT60 ute unloaded gets the scales right 3050kg.
Show LDV data Driving range is halved when towed or carry a heavy load.
The maximum towing capacity is modestly limited 1000kg in a category where 3500kg Towing capacity is the norm.
However the 1000kg payload is similar – or better than – most diesel Ute competitors.
The electric motor has a modest output of 130 kW / 310 Nm; The energy consumption is given as 21.3 kWh/100 km (which would be considered thirsty for an electric car).
Only offered as a 4×2 model for now (no 4×4 is currently available locally), LDV’s distributor in Australia says it’s aimed at small to medium-sized businesses that want the flexibility and practicality of a crew cab but don’t have to make gnarly compromises -Roadability or heavy towing capacity.
Although the LDV eT60 looks similar when ramping up as the diesel all-wheel drive variants of the LDV T60, the ground clearance due to the battery pack (187mm on the eT60 opposite 215mm for the diesel T60).
LDV’s Australian distributor in Australia says it has modest sales expectations for the eT60 as it’s a new segment of the Ute market – and the price makes it one of the most expensive vehicles in the category.
The $92,990 departure price parks the LDV eT60 alongside the new Ford Ranger Raptor twin-turbo V6 performance pickup truck.
Despite the hefty price tag, as the first mover in the electric ute category says, LDV Australia is already holding orders and expressions of interest from small and medium-sized businesses – and fleet buyers – with a focus on zero-emission work vehicles.
While earlier this month LDV introduced a seven-year/200,000km warranty on certain models in its range – including the diesel T60 – the LDV eT60 retains the older 5-year/160,000km warranty. However, the LDV eT60 battery is guaranteed for eight years/160,000 km.
The service intervals are given as 24 months or 30,000 km (whichever comes first).
- T60 Max Pro 4×4 Manual – $38,990
- T60 Max Pro 4×4 Car – $40,990
- T60 Max Luxe 4×4 Manual – $43,490
- T60 Max Luxe 4×4 Auto – $45,490
- T60 Mega Tub 4×4 Auto – $46,990
- eT60 4×2 – $92,990
All above rates are drive-away.
2023 LDV eT60 standard features:
- Six airbags (5-star 2017 safety rating)
- Stability control and anti-lock braking system
- backup camera
- Rear parking sensors
- Halogen headlights with twilight sensor
- LED taillights
- LED daytime running lights
- Side Steps
- sports bar
- Tub liner for spraying
- gas struts
- Single zone air conditioning
- Rain-sensing wipers
- 10.25 inch infotainment screen
- Apple CarPlay (wired)
- 220 V household socket
- Two USB ports, two 12 volt outlets
- Auto-down only driver’s side window (but not auto-up).
- gear selector (instead of lever)
2023 LDV eT60 missing features:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Speed sign recognition
- Radar cruise control
- tire pressure monitoring
- Blind Zone Warning
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Parking sensors in front
- Dual zone air conditioning
- LED headlights
- Sensor button and push button start
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