Electric vans hit NZ: LDV unveils pricing for 400km eDeliver

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Words: Matthew Hansen
23 Nov 2020

Up-and-coming brand LDV has confirmed pricing for its new fully electric eDeliver 3 van line-up — set to hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2021.

Pricing for the model is set to start at $49,990 plus GST, making for a total price of $57,488. This is for the 35kWh lithium-ion battery pack model, capable of travelling up to 280km to a charge according to factory figures.

LDV will also offer a model with a larger 52.5kWh battery pack that’s good for up to 400km to a charge, for $54,990 plus GST ($62,238). Each battery is paired to an electric motor rated for 90kW of power and 255Nm of torque. With a 905kg payload and tight dimensions, it’s designed to take on the likes of the Ford Transit Custom and recently tested Volkswagen Transporter

This pricing reflects the closest thing to ‘EV price parity’ in the local market. The entry level model’s $57,488 sticker price comes very close to matching the $55,990 base price of Ford’s Transit, which regularly trades blows with Toyota’s ever present Hiace for the title of NZ’s most popular van. The latter is priced cheaper, starting at $46,490.

 

“Negotiations with the manufacturer have gone extremely well and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” said LDV importer and distributor, Great Lake Motor Distributor’s managing director, Deon Cooper.

“At this price, we expect sales will be brisk. New Zealand is ready for a well-priced EV van of this size, with courier and delivery drivers, tradies, government and fleet buyers all having an appetite for a well- priced, zero-emission light commercial vehicle such as this.

“Enquiry has already started rolling in, with names being taken for the eDeliver 3 when it arrives here early next year.”

This isn’t LDV’s first rodeo when it comes to electric vans. The full-size EV80 has been part of its line-up for a few years now, although it’s much pricier and the technology has moved on somewhat. NZ Autocar Editor Kyle Cassidy recently sampled the new eDeliver 3 at a national launch, noting that its instant torque was impressive.

“It’s a small van, designed for inner city running, and so has a quick turn around. The regen is adjustable and for those shared spaces, it makes an audible noise to warn people it’s creeping up behind them,” he wrote. “It has a sliding door on the left and barn doors on the rear. It’s a purpose built EV van which uses lightweight composite materials for its body panels and has a 4.8m3 load area and a 905kg payload.”

The electric commercial vehicle space is set to expand over the coming years. Great Wall (now known as GWM locally) has announced it will bring an electric ute to New Zealand. Renault already offers an electric version of its compact Kangoo van. Ford, meanwhile, has confirmed that its E-Transit is going to be offered locally, too, marking its electric debut on Kiwi soil.

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