LDV eT60: Details of Australia’s first EV ute

LDV announced this week that Australia’s first electric ute, the Chinese-made eT60, will be available from November this year.

While markets like China and the US have a growing supply of electrical paraphernalia available, Australia has so far missed out.

LDV Australia has kept its powder dry in terms of Australian market specs and pricing, but we can get some pretty clear ideas by looking across the Tasman Sea.

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LDV is already selling the eT60 in the New Zealand market, where it is eligible for government rebates of up to $8,625 (AUD7,600).

The eT60 in this market, which we’ll say falls behind with ours, uses a large 88.5kWh battery that allows for a claimed WLTP-rated range of up to 330km.

LDV’s Australian importer confirmed that this battery would be used in local versions, adding that charging from 5 to 100 per cent with an 11kW AC charger will take around nine hours, while the DC fast charge capability takes one Allows charging from 20 to 80 percent in about 45 minutes.

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The battery drives a motor with 150 kW of power and 310 Nm of torque, and the eT60 is only available as a 4×2 (rear-wheel drive). It’s also rated to tow up to 1500kg, which is half what the 160kW and 500Nm diesel has to tow.

The payload of the NZ model is specified as 750 kg, with an unladen weight of 2300 kg and a gross vehicle weight of 3050 kg.

Now, the crucial question of price. In New Zealand it sells for US$79,990 (AUD$70,500), which is about 60 percent more than the flagship T60 bi-turbo diesel (US$50,588 plus road cost in NZ dollars).

If we apply that markup to the Australian price of the flagship T60 Diesel, which costs $43,674, here we get an indicative Australian price of the eT60 of around $70,000.

Again, this is not official local pricing, but speculative.

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Meanwhile, LDV doesn’t stop at the eT60 and confirms plans to also sell the eDeliver 9 electric van and the Mifa 9 electric people carrier.

“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 eT60, eDeliver 9 and Mifa 9 LDV Australia general manager Dinesh Chinnappa said this week.

“In the first half of 2022, 2.4 million electric vehicles were delivered to customers in China, more than double Australia’s total annual new vehicle market. EVs now account for 26 percent of all auto sales in China and 57 percent of global EV sales. China is driving the electrification of its transportation industry, pulling the rest of the world – including Australia – with it.”

MORE: LDV Australia to introduce electric carriages, vans and people movers in November

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James Brien

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