Fiat unveils electric Ducato van

Fiat has revealed its all-electric-Ducato van due to go on sale in autumn.

The e-Ducato is the Italian brand’s first zero-emissions commercial vehicle and has entered the final stages of its development programme.

The e-Ducato’s electric motor offers similar performance to the van’s 0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with peak power output of 121bhp and 280Nm of torque. The motor allows the panel van to haul a payload of up to 1,950kg although Fiat has limited its top speed to 62mph to maximise the vehicle’s range.

Buyer can choose either a 47kWh or 79kWh battery pack, which provide claimed ranges of 124 or 205 miles respectively. When plugged into a 7kW wallbox charger, the smaller unit will recover a full charge in eight hours, while with a 50kW DC fast-charger, the same battery will reach 80 per cent capacity in just 50 minutes.

The e-Ducato’s battery pack is mounted under the van’s floor and its electric motor occupies the same space as the standard Ducato’s combustion engine, which means it retains the same carrying capacity. Load volume is identical, with between 10 and 17 cubic metres of space on offer, depending on the selected body style.

From launch, the e-Ducato will be available as either a panel van or a chassis cab. The former option will be available in three lengths and three heights, while the latter will offer a choice of four lengths. A minibus variant will also be available, offering seating for up to nine passengers.

Fiat has also updated the e-Ducato’s interior. In place of the standard van’s rev-counter there’s a new charge indicator. There’s also a new control unit mounted to the driver’s A-pillar, which can be used to set the van’s daily charging schedule.

Fiat says the e-Ducato has been designed for shorter applications such as a last-mile delivery vehicle or a short-distance shuttle in city centres.