LDV took this week’s Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show in Birmingham by storm with the unveiling of its first electric commercial vehicle. The LDV EV80, the first Chinese production-ready, all-electric, light-duty van was on display at the annual CV Show with an expected market launch date of Q4 2016.
The EV80 is a full electric commercial vehicle with zero emissions coupled with an industry-leading battery range, clocking up an impressive 350 km on a single charge. SAIC Maxus, the company behind LDV, sees the EV80 as the perfect city vehicle, completing short and medium journeys with a performance and range that are underpinned by LDV’s commitment to greener motoring.
The new EV80 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 with a rated loaded capacity ranging from 900 – 1,250kgs of cargo.
Every EV80 is fitted with a high-capacity lithium iron phosphate battery, permanent magnet synchronous electric motor and an intelligent electric motor control system. This technology combination helps the EV80 to offer high-efficiency and steady power output for the operational life of the vehicle.
Intelligent switching between the vehicle’s three power modes leads to a seamless speed change and gives an exceptionally smooth and quiet driving experience. Fast battery charging time is around two hours from this eco-friendly vehicle that can use off-peak, cheap rate electricity to maximise cost savings.
Mark Barrett, General Manager of LDV U.K. & 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 over 300km 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. I think it’s safe to say that LDV has demonstrated just how obtainable the future is for a commercial EV vehicle, following today’s EV80 reveal.”
Features of the EV80 will be the same as the high standards 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. It will also contribute to the commitments of government agencies to reduce carbon emissions both locally and nationally. The EV80 will be a serious contender for those looking to make a tangible, positive and visible impact on the environment in which we live and work.” O Neill added that the ownership cost of the new EV80 would be both affordable and competitive.
If the future for LDV is now, the future also features the all-new LDV G10 model line-up of a panel van and a modern MPV, which made their European debuts at the Commercial Vehicle Show.
The G10 MPV Auto has a powerful 2 litre petrol, 105bhp turbo engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and cruise control. With seating options: 5 seats, 7 seats and 9 seats.
The LDV G10 has a 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged diesel engine (to follow), full specification will be released in both auto and manual; it offers easy access through two sliding doors and a rear lift tailgate. There are multiple options for securing cargo with strong load tie- down points both on the floor and also on the wheel arches. The G10 has a durable, tough floor covering throughout and an interior lining that goes half way up the side walls.
The G10 doesn’t compromise on comfort; the driver’s seat is well padded with an arm rest and a range of adjustments for comfortable driver positioning. The steering wheel is tilt adjustable and standard features include Bluetooth, MP3 connectivity, a high-quality audio system with touch screen LCD and a rear camera with park assist.
Cruise control is standard on the G10 Automatic and all models come with air conditioning, power front windows, power side mirrors and keyless entry. With plenty of storage space for portable office equipment, the G10 doubles up as a mobile office, so it truly is built for work.
With safety a priority, the G10 van comes with a robust Lotus calibrated chassis, a Bosch ESP safety system, ABS, electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist.
The G10 van also comes with driver and passenger airbags, rear fog lamps and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Prices will be competitive and will be released along with final specifications later this year from the Harris Group & the LDV dealer network.