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New E-Ducato electrifies LCV market

The Fiat Professional E-Ducato will offer fleet operators the largest range of variants in the electric van market when it goes on sale later this year.

Prices for the first fully-electric Fiat Professional model will start from £47,675 excluding VAT and on the road charges but after the Government plug-in van grant has been applied. There will be 12 body types to choose from, along with two battery options.

The panel van range spans six sizes, offering a loadspace from 10cu m up to 17cu m. When compared with an ICE (internal combustion engine)-powered Ducato, the E-Ducato provides similar payload volumes.

The L2H1 version can carry up to 1,160kg, while payloads reach up to 1,910kg for 4.25-tonne variants. Vehicles with the larger battery will lose around 300kg of payload capacity.

Chassis cab versions of the E-Ducato will be offered in all four chassis lengths, plus two people mover versions will also be included in the line-up.

Two battery options will be available, enabling operators to balance cost and weight with range requirements.

The 47kWh version provides a WLTP range of 91 miles, while the larger 79kWh version can cover 148 miles.

The E-Ducato, too, is going to be a best-in-class proposition in terms of its payload capability and its electric range. It will also benefit from a five-year/75,000-mile vehicle warranty, and up to 10- year warranty on the battery.

E-Ducato comes with a five-year service and maintenance package as well, and that will give people confidence in our product.

Richard Chamberlain, head of brand – Fiat Professional, says: “Ducato is very much designed to meet the business challenges operators face today. We analysed 50 million kilometres-worth of data to understand how our customers use their vehicles and what applications this vehicle fits. The E-Ducato can easily accommodate a range of requirements thanks to its range and payload.”

There will be a number of charging options to suit the requirements of the user. The 47kW version comes with a 7kW on-board charger, while the 79kWh version has an 11kW charger. A 22kW and a 50kW DC on-board charger will also be available.

Chamberlain says: “We are trying to encourage people not to add weight and reduce their payload. People will need to think about how they operate their vehicles. It’s not business-as-usual. You have to adapt.

“Operators can save money if they think laterally, choosing the smaller battery with the faster charger may be more suitable than the larger battery. We can work with businesses to help them understand what suits their needs best.”

The electric motor develops 90kW (120hp) and 280Nm, giving ample performance. With immediate torque, the E-Ducato can reach 30mph from rest in less than five seconds.

Mopar Connect features will be fitted as standard to the E-Ducato, enabling drivers to locate and navigate to charging points as well as providing operators with central monitoring and the ability to control vehicle charging times or pre-condition the vehicle cabin.