The highlight on LDV’s stand at the CV Show was the unveiling of the brand’s second electric van, the medium-sized EV30, which joins the large EV80 in the line-up.
The EV30 will be available in two wheelbases with load volumes of 5.0m3 and 6.3m3 and payloads of 750kg or 1,000kg, depending on wheelbase and battery option.
An 85kW motor powers the van in tandem with a choice of two battery packs, a 35kWh battery offers a claimed range of 127 miles while a 53kWh battery provides 200 miles.
Rapid battery charging takes 45 minutes for an 80% capacity while a full charge can be completed in five hours, according to Mark Barrett, general manager of LDV UK and Ireland, which is owned by Chinese giant SAIC.
Barrett said the EV30 would be available to order from January with a “target” price of £29,950 before the 20% Plug-in Van grant is subtracted, for delivery in the first quarter of 2020.
Barrett claims the EV30’s range capacities make it a viable proposition for urban-based operators.
“It’s difficult to do 120 miles a day in London,” he said.
LDV is planning to offer leasing deals on the EV30 in partnership with Leaseplan, as it does with the EV80, and Barrett is bullish about its prospects.
“We do know it will be a volume seller,” he said.
The EV80 has been on sale for 12 months and Barrett says 320 units are either already in service or in build, including 159 for milk delivery firm Milk and More.
He says the T60 pick-up will arrive in mid-2020, powered by a 215hp twin-turbo engine with maximum torque of 480Nm married to either an eight-speed auto or six-speed manual gearbox.
Next year will also see the replacement of the V80 large van with the V90, according to Barrett, which will come with a 2.0-litre 160hp diesel powertrain, up from the V80’s 136hp engine. Load volume will rise from 11.6m3 to 15.6m3, he added.
Since LDV’s re-launch at the end of 2016 Barrett says the brand has sold 3,000 vans.
Looking forward to 2020, he said: “We want to be hitting 10,000 for [both] electric vehicle and conventional platforms.”