The All-Electric Fiat e-Ducato Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

Fiat e-Ducato
Price: £67,950
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 47 kWh/ 79 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 88 - 175 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Fiat Automobile S.p.A. is a subsidiary the Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). You may not be familiar with these names, but the automotive brands in the portfolio would be well known to most consumers. These include: Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, Vauxhall, Alfa Romeo etc.

Fiat continues to remain the largest automotive manufacturer in Italy, but also has manufacturing locations globally, with Brazil as the largest international production site. Fiat Automobiles has been recognised in Europe for the lower emission footprint of its vehicles and has been ranked as the lowest level of CO2 emissions by vehicles sold in Europe. Fiat offers both passenger and commercial electric vehicles (EVs). The manufacturer offers the following electric vans:



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Fiat e-Ducato Panel Van


The Fiat Ducato light commercial vehicle has been manufactured since 1981. The vehicle is currently in its fourth-generation. A dedicated Fiat Professional team started working on the development of the e-Ducato pure electric van in 2016. The e-van was launched in 2021.

The Fiat e-Ducato panel van is available in two EV battery sizes: 47 kWh and 79 kWh. The manufacturer claims an electric range up to 108 miles (WLTP) for the smaller 47 kWh EV battery and a range up to 175 miles (WLTP) for the 79 kWh EV battery.

Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, speed, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 90 miles for the 47 kWh EV battery and 150 miles for the 79 kWh variant. Though this is not class-leading EV range, the e-van does offer a useful and practical range.

The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 50 kW DC. Again, not class-leading, but useful! At 50 kW DC, the 47 kWh EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 50 minutes, while the 79 kWh EV battery will also take up to 85 minutes for a 80% charge. In general, we at e-zoomed recommend never letting the EV battery charge fall below 10%. So best to plan the journey, such that there is always sufficient charge in the battery.

Fiat offers up to three-phase AC onboard charging compatibility. Using a dedicated three-phase (11 kW) EV charger, like easee, the 47 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 5 hours. The 79 kWh will take up to 8 hours to achieve 100% charge. Most business premises in the UK are powered by three-phase power supply.

Single-phase (7 kW) EV charging will take longer (7 hours and 30 minutes for the 47 kWh EV battery). Though the e-van can be charged using a standard 3-PIN domestic plug, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic plug to charge an electric vehicle.

In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle (EV). This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Fiat offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty for the 47 kWh EV battery and up to 10 years and 135,000 miles for the 79 kWh EV battery.

The Fiat e-Ducato panel van is available in three lengths: Medium Wheelbase, Long Wheelbase and XL Wheelbase. All lengths come in three height options: H1, H2 & H3. The electric van offers between 10 m3 – 17 m3 cargo volume, with a payload up to 1,885 kg. The EV offers 3 seats.

The manufacturer also offers a host of driving aids and technology, to include: blind spot assist, rear cross path detection, traffic signs recognition, load adaptive control, roll over mitigation, lane departure warning system, high beam recognition, electronic stability control and more.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive Fiat e-Ducato panel van delivers a maximum power up to 122 hp and 280 Nm torque. The top speed is limited to 62 mph. The electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range (Fiat refers to this as e-braking). Like other electric vehicles, the e-Ducato also benefits from instant torque.

The EV also has three driving modes: Normal, Eco & Power. The EV also offers a Turtle Mode (when the charge level reaches near-to 0% visually, the new E-Ducato alerts the driver and activates a specific driving mode with strongly reduced performance to extend the remaining range).

The Fiat e-Ducato is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘large vans’ category. These vehicles are between 2,500kg and 4,250kg gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) zero-emissions. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £5,000.

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PROS CONS
Decent cargo volume and practicality Limited electric range
Available in two EV battery sizes DC charging limited to 50 kWh
Class-leading EV battery warranty Top speed limited to 62 mph

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The All-Electric Fiat e-Ducato Panel Van (credit: FIAT)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (Multiple – Starting From)
E-Ducato 35 MH1 Van 47kWh MY20 (7kW) (from £67,950)
E-Ducato 35 MH2 Van 79kWh MY20 (11kW) (from £82,950)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 47 kWh/ 79 kWh
Charging:50 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 50 – 85 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (0%-100%: N/A)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:10 years or 135,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions (3,500 kg/ 4,250 kg)
Height (mm):2309 – 2824
Width (mm):2050
Length (mm):5413 – 6363
Wheelbase (mm):3450 – 4035
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Cargo Volume (m3):10 – 17
Payload (kg):985 – 1,885

e-Ducato: 47 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:47 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):88 – 108 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):N/A
Charging: 50 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 50 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (0%-100%: N/A)
Top Speed:62 mph
0-30 mph:6 seconds
Drive: Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):122
Torque (Nm): 280
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):0
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):3,500
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

e-Ducato: 79 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:79 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):147 – 175 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):N/A
Charging: 50 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 85 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (0%-100%: N/A)
Top Speed:62 mph
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):122
Torque (Nm): 280
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):0
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):4,250
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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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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