The all-electric LDV EV80 made its public debut at the Commercial Vehicle show in Birmingham yesterday (April 26). The EV80 is the first Chinese production-ready light-duty van to run on pure battery power and is expected to be officially launched towards the end of the year.
The zero-emissions vehicle is available in two models: panel van (short and long wheel base) and chassis cab that can be fitted with a range of customer-specific bodies. The rated load capacity ranges from 900 – 1,250kgs.
Mark Barrett, general manager of LDV UK & Ireland, said: “The EV80 has one of the world’s highest technical specifications for a commercial vehicle in its class. With a driving range of more than 190 miles and a battery capacity of up to 75kwh, this new electric vehicle offers a greater range and shorter charging time than any of its nearest rivals on the market today.”
The high-capacity lithium battery can be charged in two hours and the electric motor can operate in three different output modes depending on driving conditions. LDV says this helps the EV80 to offer high-efficiency and steady power output for the operational life of the vehicle.
Features of the EV80 will be the same as those of the V80 diesel vehicle and will also include an integrated and interactive display system. The EV80 will also use an advanced electronic Park Brake assist system with a vehicle hill start facility.
Liam O Neill, vice president of the Harris Group, said: “The EV80 will appeal to many companies and organisations that take environmental protection seriously. The EV80 can actively contribute to an organisation’s efforts of becoming more socially responsible.”
The all-new LDV G10 model line-up also made their European debuts at the Commercial Vehicle Show. The G10 MPV has a 2.0-litre, 105bhp turbo petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and cruise control. It is available in five, seven and nine seat configurations.
The LDV G10 van has a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged diesel engine and a lotus calibrated chassis. It offers easy access through two sliding doors and a rear lift tailgate. There are also a number of comfort features including Bluetooth, touch screen audio system with reversing camera, air conditioning and keyless entry.
Prices will be competitive and will be released along with final specifications later this year.