LDV announces electric Tarantula SUV with 380-mile range

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LDV is set to expand its model range with a new mid-size SUV along with new additions to its electric vehicle range by 2020.

The Tarantula Concept features a fully electric powertrain with a maximum range of 380 miles on a single charge.

Built to compete in the commercial SUV segment, the production version of the Tarantula will be available with petrol and diesel combustion engines, plug-in hybrid and fully electric power.

Production of the Tarantula will commence next year, for the Chinese market.

The production version is expected to be very similar to the concept show car, and it will sit under the D90, which is LDV’s SUV passenger range. 

The platform that underpins the Tarantula will also form the basis of a future LDV MPV - the G50.

By 2020 LDV also plans to launch an all-new fully electric EV31, as part of the next generation of electric vehicles from SAIC. The EV31 Platform will have two wheel base options with a cargo volume of 4.8 cubic metres and 6.1 cubic metres. It will also contain a 70Kw motor and two battery options, 35kW and 53kW, as well as a driving range of up to 200 miles on a single charge.  Timelines for the European launch of the new vehicles from SAIC have not yet been confirmed. 

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