|General Manager of LDV UK & Ireland Mark Barrett with the new EV30 van.|
LDV UK & Ireland — with head office at the Harris Group's premises on the Naas Road in Dublin — hosted a special event to announce the arrival of the all new EV30 electric van, little brother to the larger EV80. The EV30 was revealed on the stand by Mr Yang Junling and Mr Zhu Shijun from SAIC Maxus, and Mark Barrett, General Manager LDV UK & Ireland. There were a number of representatives from SAIC Maxus Automotive in China onsite, together with management representatives from UK & Irish dealerships.
Every EV30 is fitted with a high-capacity lithium-ion battery manufactured by CATL, China's largest battery manufacturer. Two sizes will be available, a 35kWh battery which offers a range of 127 miles and a 53kWh battery with a range of 200 miles. An 85kWh battery will also be available in Europe.
Rapid battery charging time is 45 minutes. A full AC charge takes five 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 of three-phase charger.
The standard EV30 has a cargo capacity of up to 6.3m3. It will come in short wheelbase and long wheelbase forms. A payload of 1000kg is feasible.
At the vehicle's launch, Mark Barrett said that LDV has demonstrated just how accessible commercial EV vehicles are for business owners. "With its driving range of 200 miles on a single charge, it's easier than ever to embrace the power of electric driving. With SAIC using only the latest technology in the new-to-market EV30, we can ensure the highest technical specs and a vehicle that will help businesses fly the flag for greener motoring."
Production of the LDV EV30 starts in March 2020. While no price has yet been specified, a guide from €22,000 has been suggested for the UK. It will be eligible for SAIC and Government grants when it goes on sale here around mid next year.
All LDV's vehicles are covered by a five-year warranty or 200,000 miles (60,000 miles EV range) and include five years' roadside assistance cover as standard.
The 2019 CV Show is regarded as the main event for the UK road transport, distribution and logistics industry, or for any company running commercial vehicles. It can also be an important barometer for what's coming to Ireland in the near future.
Also at the show, Groupe PSA said it will introduce plug-in hybrid or electric versions of all new models starting this year, with electrified variants of each model by 2025.
|VW Caddy Life wheelchair access|
The new Ford Ranger pick-up and Ford Performance-developed Ranger Raptor were shown plus the new two-tonne Transit with more fuel efficient engines, increased payload and built-in connectivity, in addition to further electrification of the Ford range.
Developed by Ford Performance, the Ranger Raptor will be available to thrill-seeking Irish customers from August 2019 priced from €63,950. It will go on sale here in double cab format and in a choice of exterior colours. It is powered by a bi-turbo version of The Blue Oval’s 2.0 EcoBlue diesel engine that delivers 213hp and a whopping 500Nm of torque, mated to Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox. It can do 0-100km/h in 10.0 secs; max towing capacity is 2,500kgs; max gross payload 620kgs; ground clearance is 283mm and wading depth 850mm.
|Ford's two-tonne Transit|