LDV throws down light commercial EV gauntlet

LDV throws down light commercial EV gauntlet

The New Zealand distributor for LDV commercial vehicles says the electric versions of its V80 delivery van and cab/chassis are landing here in the first half of 2017.

In light of the government’s support for electrification of the light commercial fleet, LDV New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest from both the private and public sector for it’s EV models.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but LDV New Zealand says it is aiming for the price point to be somewhere between $60,000 to $70,000, nearly double the price of a diesel V80 but significantly undercutting the smaller electric Renault Kangoo ZE delivery van.

LDV New Zealand says it has taken one confirmed order for the EV80 van, and it is inviting expressions of interest from commercial fleet operators.

The EV80 models will be available in short and long wheelbase van configurations as well as a cab/chassis variant, for conversion to camper vans and service bodies.

LDV NZ sales and marketing manager Warren Willmot says the company is also investigating induction charging pads – which allow charging of the while it is loading at a depot, but without the need to be plugged in.

The fast-charge capable EV80 models have the same specification as the diesel LDV V80 vans, adding an electric park brake system incorporating a hill start function and a new integrated and interactive display system.

The electric engine produces 100kW of power and 320Nm of torque. Overseas specifications show load ratings as high as 1250kg.

Combined everyday range is predicted to be around 180km, with a maximum range at a constant 40km/h of up to 400km.

LDV New Zealand says it is specifying an efficient version of the traditional Lithium Ion battery, which incorporates iron phosphate into its design.

The Lithium Iron Phosphate battery is extremely efficient; fast-charging and slow to release its energy, which results in greater vehicle range, says LDV NZ chairman Rick Cooper.

“Reports from overseas give the EV80 range as anywhere between 350 to 400km,” says Cooper.

“The Lithium Iron Phosphate battery has a capacity of 75kilowatt hours and can be fully charged in just two hours,” he says.

“Combine this with the intelligent electric motor and its control system, and it’s pretty clear that the EV80 should be taken very seriously by companies looking to reduce transportation and ownership costs while also presenting a socially responsible image,” notes Cooper.

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