The All-Electric LDV EV80 Large Commercial Van: A Short Guide

The All Electric LDV EV80

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The LDV EV80 Is Well Positioned For Success In The UK, Given Its Roots To The UK And The Strength Of Its Parent Company, The Chinese Automotive Behemoth SAIC!

SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, headquartered in Shanghai (China) is a stated-owned automotive manufacturer. SAIC is the largest automotive company in China (24.1% of the market) and manufacturers up to 7 million vehicles a year.

SAIC Motor was ranked 39th on the 2019 Fortune Global 500 list, ranking 7th among automotive manufacturers. The company is also behind the all-electric MG ZS SUV. LDV is not new to the UK market and has been active since 2000s.

The All Electric LDV EV80
The All-Electric LDV EV80 (credit: LDV)

The zero-tailpipe emissions battery-electric vehicle (BEV) comes with a 56 kWh lithium-ion-phosphate battery. The EV has a range up to 127 miles (NEDC). It can be charged using both DC and AC charging. DC charging (30kW) will charge the battery in 1.5 hours. AC (6.6kW) will take up to 7 hours.

According to the automotive manufacturer, the LDV EV80 is “the most sophisticated electric power system high-capacity lithium ion phosphate battery, permanent magnet synchronous electric motor controller bringing you high-efficiency and steady power output.” The EV has a high power PMSM power: 92 kW and 320 NM of torque (123 hp).

The All-Electric LDV EV80
The All-Electric LDV EV80 (credit: LDV)

The LDV electric van is available in a high roof (5700 mm x 1998 mm x 2552 mm) and medium roof (5700 mm x 1998 mm x 2345 mm) option. Both have a wheel base of 3850 mm and can achieve 0 to 62 mph in 24 sec. The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is 3,500 kg and the Unladen Vehicle Weight (UVW) is 2,495 kg.

By way of comparison, the all-electric Nissan e-NV200 has a zero tailpipe emission range between 124 and 187 miles (WLTP). Do keep in mind that the Nissan electric van is two classes smaller and can carry up to 705 kg cargo. The EV80 has a payload of 950kg in comparison.

Standard interior features include, air conditioning (front), power windows (front), three-seater cabin, driver’s seat with arm rest and FM/AM/MP3 player, electric park brake system, digital intelligent CVT and a single sliding door for easy access.

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The All-Electric LDV EV80 Chassis Cab (credit: LDV)

The EV80 is also available in the MiniB variant, MiniB Wheelchair variant and the EV80 Chassis Cab variant.

The EV80 comes with a five year warranty or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) and 5 years roadside assistance. The electric van is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000. Prices for the EV80 start from £60,000 not including the government grant.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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