Iveco is to introduce a pay-per-use digital rental scheme for customers when it launches its new large electric van, the eDaily. 

The manufacturer will trial the long-term rental service, named GATE (Green and Advanced Transport Ecosystem), in Italy next year before rolling it out to other markets, which could potentially include the UK. 

GATE is part of a suite of digital services that will also cover charging infrastructure, day-to-day energy management and remote maintenance management. 

Iveco says GATE will provide customers with “affordability and peace of mind” with the amount they pay for the service calculated according to mileage, time spent using the vehicle and energy consumption. 

As a new brand within the Iveco Group, GATE is designed to have an independent business structure with employees dedicated to meeting the needs of electric commercial vehicle customers. 

Iveco describes GATE as an ecosystem that will deliver sustainable solutions to customers, who can choose the level of support and flexibility they require to run their business and tap into the services GATE makes available, including maintenance and repair, connectivity and telematics, financing, insurance, energy use and ancillary services. 

Like its diesel-powered sibling, the eDaily will be offered with gross vehicle weights from 3.5 to 7.2-tonnes. A new version will be the 4.25t eDaily, which, as an electric van, can be driven by drivers with the standard B licence that allows them to drive a conventional van weighing up to 3.5-tonnes. 

This model has a payload of 2,700kg and a battery range of up to 186 miles, according to Iveco. 

The eDaily line-up includes panel van and chassis cab across the weight range, crew-cab chassis (from 4.25 to 7.2t) and chassis cowl and minibus at 7.2t. 

The eDaily range is available with one (37kWh), two (74kWh) or three (111kWh) batteries, which can be added or removed during the vehicle’s lifetime. 

The 3.5t van is offered with one or two batteries, giving ranges of 75 or 146 miles while the 4.25t van can have one to three batteries giving it ranges of 68, 124 or 186 miles, respectively.