LDV is diving headfirst into the EV space, launching not just one, but a total of three EVs this November.
The trio consists of the eT60 ute, Australia’s first electric ute, as well as the eDeliver 9 Cargo Van and the MIFA 9 People Mover.
The eT60 is based on the current diesel-powered T60 and the eDeliver 9 on LDV’s largest van, but the MIFA 9 is a completely new product for the Australian market.
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The company says full pricing and specs for the electric trio will be revealed during their November launch.
The electric ute will initially be available as a 4×2 double cab with an 88.5 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The specified range in the more stringent WLTP test cycle is 330 km, while the eT60 can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in around 45 minutes on a DC fast charger.
While LDV hasn’t released performance details for the eT60, its electric powertrains in other markets produce between 130kW and 150kW of power from their rear-mounted electric motors.
While there is a growing range of electric paraphernalia in markets like China and the US, Australia has so far missed out, and notably no automaker has announced plans to introduce an electric utensil here.
The seven-seater MIFA 9 is based on the petrol-powered people mover G90, both of which were launched in China just this year.
According to the LDV, an eight-seat model will follow in early 2023.
It’s powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery with a claimed WLTP range of up to 440km depending on the variant.
The company says it will take 36 minutes to charge from 20 to 80 percent with a DC fast charger.
It also says it expects to earn a five-star Euro NCAP rating and will come standard with a range of active safety and driver assistance features including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, emergency lane departure warning, and lane departure warning.
It’s not the only electric people mover to praise this year, the Mercedes-Benz EQV will also appear before the end of the year.
Finally, there is the eDeliver 9, which will be available in variants with a long wheelbase, medium and high roof, and a cab chassis.
The vans replace the diesel engine of the standard van with an electric motor and an 88.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in 45 minutes with a DC fast charger with a maximum output of 80 kW can.
LDV specifies a WLTP range of 280 km for the center roof van model.
The Deliver 9 is currently Australia’s best-selling large van and the electric version will just beat the Ford E-Transit to market. The Blue Oval brand EV-Ute is scheduled for release in January 2023.
LDV says EV adoption is the most fundamental step in its product strategy since its local launch in 2014, and says it is now “setting the commercial EV agenda in Australia”.
“The global auto market is experiencing its most significant revolution in decades,” said Dinesh Chinnappa, General Manager of LDV Australia.
“Every major OEM is committed to EV development, but less is spoken about the growing influence of the Chinese EV market on the rest of the world – and we in Australia are now benefiting from that influence with the launch of the eT60, eDeliver 9 and Mifa 9. “
He noted that EVs account for 26 percent of all auto sales in China and that Chinese EVs account for 57 percent of global EV sales.
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https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/motoring/ldv-australia-introducing-electric-ute-van-and-people-mover-in-november-c-8390156 LDV Australia introduces electric paraphernalia, vans and people movers in November