With the automotive market on the threshold of electrification, today marks a significant moment in the history of the LDV brand in Australia, with confirmation of three new electric vehicles arriving November, including a market-first electric ute.
Not since the brand’s launch in 2014 has there been such a fundamental step-change in product strategy. Where once LDV was synonymous with value-driven motoring, now LDV is setting the agenda for commercial electric vehicles in Australia.
“The global auto market is undergoing its most significant revolution in decades,” LDV Australia general manager Dinesh Chinnappa said.
“LDV is well-placed to take advantage of this new model EV roll-out, and we’re delighted to share some topline, pre-launch, information.”
LDV is backed by SAIC, with extensive experience as an electric vehicle manufacturer in, arguably, the fastest moving EV market in the world. The new range includes the eT60, Australia’s first fully electric ute.
Based on the successful T60 model, which has been embraced by hard-working Australians to the tune of 22,092 since launch, the eT60 brings the highly specified, value-focused ute into the EV space.
Offered initially in 4×2 double cab guise, the eT60 is powered by an 88.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack, good for a combined WLTP range of 330km. Charging from 5-100 per cent using an 11kW charger takes approximately 9 hours.
The eT60’s DC fast-charging capability will charge from 20 to 80 per cent in approximately 45 mins. Joining it will be the eDeliver 9, an electrified version of LDV’s segment-leading large van; and Mifa 9, a luxury electric people mover.
In just two short years its ICE variant, the Deliver 9, has carved out a solid reputation with thousands of Australia fleet owners, to become the country’s number-one selling large van, delivering 3915 units since launch, resulting in 12.2 per cent market share year to date.
The eDeliver 9 builds on this reputation and will be available in long wheelbase, mid and high-roof variants, along with cab chassis options. The vans are powered by an 88.5kWH lithium-ion battery and capable of 280km. It’s charging times are the same as the eT60.
The MIFA 9 reinvents how to transport up to seven people in comfort and style with zero tailpipe emissions (an 8-seat model is due early 2023). Arriving in three variants, it features a raft of safety features.
These include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear collision warning, lane departure warning, lane change assist, emergency lane keep assist, electronic stability control and a fatigue reminder.
The Mifa 9 is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery delivering a WLTP combined range of up to 440km, depending on the variant. Charging time via an 11kW charger takes approximately 8.5 hours, while DC fast-charging takes approximately 36 minutes to 80 per cent.
Full details, specification and pricing of the eT60, eDeliver 9 and Mifa 9 will be revealed during the launch phase in November.