LDV makes competition green with envy as it unveils second pure-electric vehicle

    LDV is proving that it’s leading the charge in the electric vehicle sector, yet again, with the launch of its second pure-electric van, the EV30.

    The all-electric, light-duty van went on display at the annual CV Show where it stirred up excitement from fleet buyers, business owners and van enthusiasts alike; the EV30 is the first vehicle in LDV’s range that will only come as a zero-emission fully-electric vehicle.

    Distributed by Harris Automotive Distributors UC, t/a as LDV U.K. & Ireland, who import and distribute in the UK and the rest of RHD Europe, the show marked the European launch of the EV30, which will allow LDV to tap into the smaller commercial van market, a sector that is known for its stiff competition – especially in the context of diesel and petrol fuelled vans.

    The EV30 is a small, fully-electric commercial vehicle with zero emissions coupled with an industry-leading battery range, clocking up to 200 miles on a single charge (53kWh battery).

    Every EV30 is fitted with a high-capacity lithium-iron battery manufactured by CATL, China’s largest battery manufacturer and offering two battery packs, a 35kWh battery which offers a range of 127 miles and a 53kWh battery with a range of 200 miles.

    Rapid battery charging time is 45 minutes while also boasting a full AC charge in 5 hours, which can be done using off-peak, cheap rate electricity to maximise cost savings. The AC charging can be used on either a single phase or three phase charger.

    SAIC Maxus, the company behind LDV, sees the EV30 as the answer for business owners looking for an economical van that is respectful of the environment and nippy enough for city commuting.

    The standard EV30 boasts a carrying capacity of 5m³ due to its unique monocoque floor plan that offers the maximum payload in its category.

    This latest LDV van is a versatile vehicle that comes in short wheelbase and long wheelbase form. The wheelbase of the larger version has been extended by 600mm for an overall length of 5.1m, while also boasting a carrying capacity of 6.3m³ and payload of 1000kg.

    The EV30 also offers a silent, versatile driving experience with low running costs and, naturally, the satisfaction of motoring with zero tailpipe emissions in use.

    Mark Barrett, General Manager of LDV U.K. & Ireland said, “With a driving range of 127 miles /35kWh battery and over 200 miles/53kWh battery on a single charge, it’s easier than ever to embrace the power of electric driving.”

    The LDV EV30, which will be available to order from January 2020 at a guide price from £22,000,

    will be part of the Go Ultra Low grant scheme, a government initiative to encourage drivers to switch to low emissions vehicles, and business owners can take advantage of the ‘up to £8,000’ grant towards their brand new EV van.

    All of LDV’s vehicles are covered by a five-year warranty or 200,000miles (60,000 miles EV Range) and include five years roadside assistance cover as standard.