• First to market electric ute leads the competition
• 88.5kWh battery and 330km range
• Helping fleets meet their emissions targets
Sydney, Australia – 16 November 2022
LDV is proud to launch Australia’s first electric ute, the eT60. This seminal moment in Australia’s automotive history marks a turning point in the electrification of commercial vehicles – and proves that weekends don’t have to end just yet.
The LDV T60 is an undoubted success story, totaling 23,947 sales (YTD Oct22) since its launch in September 2017. The ute segment accounts for 21% of all vehicles sold in Australia, making this segment one of the biggest opportunities in the market to electrify.
As with the eDeliver 9, the LDV eT60 is aimed at large corporate entities, all three levels of Government and fleet businesses who’ve committed to emission reductions targets, and private early adopters.
“We’re delighted the LDV eT60 is Australia’s first electric ute, and now is the time to build on our first mover advantage,” says Dinesh Chinnappa, LDV General Manager.
“We’re an OEM offering Australia’s first electric ute and everything that comes with that fact: a nationwide dealer network, factory-backed servicing and warranty, and a significant spare parts operation to manage our fast-growing carpark. And now we have Australia’s first electric ute – and this is why we’ve secured fleet agreements with major global and Australian companies, Federal, State and Local governments and fleet operators who are committed to running their businesses in a more environmentally-sound manner.”
POWERTRAIN & DRIVING
This first LDV eT60 is based around the Pro variant and built specifically to be the business workhorse of corporate fleets. Specified with the same CATL-sourced 88.55kWh lithium-ion battery found in the eDeliver 9, the eT60 has an impressive WLTP combined range of 330km*.
The battery can be charged via an 11kw charger in approximately 9.0 hours, while DC fast-charging takes approximately 45 minutes to charge from 20-80% full^.
A permanent magnet synchronous motor delivers 130kW and 310Nm via the rear wheels, giving the eT60 a silently spirited turn of speed. In addition, regenerative braking turns kinetic energy into electrical power while helping slow the car down and feed power back into the battery. The eT60 consumes charge at an average rate of 21.3kWh per 100km.
The eT60 rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and features the heavy-duty suspension set-up of its Pro sibling, with double independent wishbone up front and a leaf spring rear, specifically calibrated for Australian conditions, with ventilated disc brakes all round.
Weighing in at 2300kg, the eT60 has a maxed braked towing capacity of 1,000kg. Open the tailgate and a spray-in tub liner keeps the bed protected from wear and tear, while four tie-down points help secure the trickiest of loads or a useful payload of 1,000kg.
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
Outside, the eT60 channels the tough and aggressive stance of its ICE-powered siblings, sporting side steps, body-coloured bumpers and mirrors, and LED daytime running lights. A full chrome sports bar is standard. option.
Inside, the practicality continues with essentials like multi-function steering wheel, BluetoothTM connectivity, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, six-way electrically-adjustable front seats, 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlayTM connectivity and air conditioning.
Safety systems include driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags and front to rear curtain airbags; reversing camera and rear parking sensor; Electronic Stability Control with Emergency Brake Assist; Hill Start Assist; Roll Movement Intervention; and Hill Descent Control.
PRICING & OWNERSHIP
The all-new LDV eT60 starts at $92,990 RRP and comes with a competitive 5-year/160,000km (whichever comes first) vehicle warranty, and an 8-year/160,000km battery warranty. This is supported with 5-years/unlimited kilometre Roadside Assist.
Servicing intervals of once every 24 months or 30,000km, whichever comes first. In addition, 5-years Roadside Assistance means coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for the period of your manufacturer’s warranty.
Battery – 88.55kWh lithium ion
Max range (WLTP) – 330km*
Consumption – 21.3kWh per 100km
Maximum power – 130kW
Maximum torque – 310Nm
Charging – 20% to 80% in approx. 45mins via DC Charger*
Drive system – Rear wheel drive
Price RRP – $92,990
Warranty – 5yrs/160,000kms – vehicle; 8yrs/160,000km – battery
Servicing – Every 2-years/30,000km
“There is an undoubted appetite for commercial application EVs,” concludes Chinnappa.
“40% of Australian businesses surveyed recently by Small Business Loans Australia said they would purchase an EV in 2023 if Albanese’s Electric Car Discount Bill goes through Parliament. These Australian businesses know the eT60 isn’t going to cross Nullarbor – but that its 330km range is more than adequate for their everyday requirements.
“But they also know government EV policy and EV infrastructure is on the move and they want to be ahead of the transition. And the LDV eT60, Australia’s first electric ute, is here to help.”
Australia’s first electric ute is on sale now. Please visit https://www.ldvautomotive.com.au/ for more information.
*Charging times may vary based on factors including but not limited to charger type and condition, battery temperature, electricity supply, auxiliary consumables (e.g. air-conditioning) and environmental conditions. The time taken for successive rapid charging can take longer if the battery temperature activates the battery safeguarding technology.
^Range figure is based on WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure) static laboratory combined average city and highway cycle test. Figures stated for the purposes of comparison amongst vehicles tested to the same technical procedures only. Actual real world driving results will vary depending on a combination of driving style, type of journey, vehicle configuration, battery age and condition, use of vehicle features (such as heating and air conditioning), as well as operating, environmental and climate conditions. The rated range displayed on the Energy Consumption label affixed to the car is calculated according to the ADR 81/02 NEDC based standard as defined by UNECE R101/01 (rather than the WLTP), so the range displayed on the label is different to that shown here.
LDV joined SAIC Motor Corporation Limited in 2010, when the latter acquired the commercial vehicles division of the British Motor Corporation, which included the LDV brand. SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (formerly Shanghai Automobile and Industrial Corporation) is the largest automotive manufacturer in China.
A Fortune Global 500 company, SAIC Motor sold over 7 million vehicles in 2019 and has exclusive brands including LDV, Maxus, MG and Roewe. It has also formed joint ventures with Volkswagen and General Motors. Products produced by SAIC Motor joint venture companies are sold under other marques including Buick, Chevrolet, Iveco, Skoda, Volkswagen and Wuling.
SAIC Motor’s business covers the research, production and vehicle sales of both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It also covers components including engines, gearboxes, powertrains, chassis, interior and exterior and miscellaneous electronic components, and logistics, vehicle telematics, second-hand vehicle transactions and auto finance services.
In Australia since 2014, LDV has a focus on safety, space and value-for-money and continues to innovate with innovative technologies and developments to deliver safe, highly specified and value-for-money vehicles.
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