Quick Drive: 2023 LDV eDeliver 9

Aimed squarely at sole traders, SMEs, transport companies and corporate fleets who want to reduce their environmental footprint, the eDeliver 9 offers Aussie businesses whisper quiet motoring and reduced maintenance costs.

More importantly, there’s zero battery impact on cargo space. Three electric variants join the range in the form of a Long Wheelbase Mid Roof, LWB High Roof and Cab Chassis. All are available in launch colours of River Blue or Blanc White.

Both vans are powered by an 88.55kWh lithium-ion battery delivering a range of 280km (mid roof) and 275km (high roof), while the Cab Chassis has a 65kWh lithium ion battery and a range of 150km, based on a standard box system affixed to the cab chassis.

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All power the permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 150kW and 310Nm to the front wheels. Charging time for the eDeliver 9 van via a 3-phase AC charger takes approximately 8 hours to go from 5-100 per cent at 11kW (6.5 hours for cab chassis).

DC fast-charging takes approximately 45 minutes to go from 20-80 per cent charge at a maximum rate of 80kW (36 minutes for the cab chassis), and all variants also have an onboard 3-pin emergency domestic charger.

2023 LDV eDeliver 9 LWB Mid-Roof
2023 LDV eDeliver 9 LWB Mid-Roof

The eDeliver 9 is a breeze to drive. Powerful and quiet it offered great visibility during our testing at its Australian launch recently. Large side mirrors and cameras make navigating narrow roads easy, along with tight turns and hill descents.

Despite being a large delivery van, it hugged the road nicely, and we didn’t feel like we were driving around with a big turtle on our back. The interior is clean and simple too, with hard wearing surfaces, and inbuilt side steps and handles for quick and easy access.

As with the ICE versions, the eDeliver 9 vans come with a plethora of safety and convenience features too, including autonomous emergency braking, stability control, lane departure warning and a full suite of airbags.

Adaptive cruise control, hill hold assist, front and rear parking sensors on the van (front only on the Cab Chassis), Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB ports, under seat storage, and a multi-function steering wheel also feature.

There’s overhead storage compartments as well, and the cargo area features non-slip entry steps and heavy duty non-slip rubber flooring, eight sturdy tie-down points, a passenger side sliding cargo door and 236-degree opening rear barn doors.

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Inside the 2023 LDV eDeliver 9 LWB Mid-Roof

The eDeliver 9 has the same cubic capacity as its ICE siblings – 10.97m3 for the LWB Mid Roof and 12.33m3 for the LWB High Roof. Payload is 1,410kg for the Mid Roof and 1,350kg for the High Roof, while braked towing capacity is limited to 1,500kg.

Offered with a 5-year or 160,000km vehicle warranty, 8-year or 160,000km battery warranty and 5-years or 160,000km roadside assistance, the 2023 eDeliver 9 LWB MR starts at $116,537, with the LWB HR at $118,836. The cab chassis starts at $99,990.

All prices are plus on-roads, and further information is available by contacting your local LDV Automotive dealership, or by visiting www.ldvautomotive.com.au

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