First EV80S here in May
LDV will deliver the first EV80 all-electric vans to New Zealand customers in May.
Though LDV New Zealand hasn’t revealed details of customers, government departments and agencies and local bodies are expected to be among them.
LDV’S Warren Willmot says the company has several orders for the $80,000 vans, and some will be converted into minibuses.
Auckland-based vehicle fit-out specialist Jackson Enterprises has developed a stressed floor to allow minibus seats to be attached without compromising the battery which is under the van’s cargo area floor. Another EV80 van is being converted locally into a motorhome. LDV will also offer a cab/chassis version which sells for $75,000. Both the van and the cab/chassis ride on a 3850mm wheelbase.
The EV80 is a standard long-wheelbase, mid-roofed V80 van with the 2.5-litre diesel inline four cylinder motor replaced by an electric one.
It looks the same from the outside, it has the same cargo dimensions: the loadspace will hold around 10 cubic metres and the van can carry a 950kg payload.
Aside from top speed which is 100km/h, it has ballpark performance with its oil-burning stablemate.
In a brief drive of an EV80, we discovered that, dynamically, it’s a very different vehicle to the diesel van. Gone is the gearbox – manual or automated manual – of the oil-burning V80.
In its place in the EV80 is a continuously-variable transmission (CVT). You simply select forward or reverse, prod the throttle and the van starts to move. It’s all a little eerie and takes some getting used to.
Above: First LDV EV80 deliveries will be made to local customers in May.
Below: Charging point on EV80. Van can be re-charged on domestic power supply or fast-charging stations.