LDV eT60 electric Ute arrives

LDV eT60 – LDV has launched Australia’s first electric ute, the eT60. Its undoubtedly a turning point in the Asutralian Ute market.

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The LDV T60 is an undoubted success story, totaling 23,947 sales (YTD Oct22) since its launch in September 2017. The ute segment accounts for 21% of all vehicles sold in Australia, making this segment one of the biggest opportunities in the market to electrify.

As with the eDeliver 9, the LDV eT60 is aimed at large corporate entities, all three levels of Government and fleet businesses who’ve committed to emission reductions targets, and private early adopters.

“We’re delighted the LDV eT60 is Australia’s first electric ute, and now is the time to build on our first mover advantage,” says Dinesh Chinnappa, LDV General Manager.

“We’re an OEM offering Australia’s first electric ute and everything that comes with that fact: a nationwide dealer network, factory-backed servicing and warranty, and a significant spare parts operation to manage our fast-growing carpark. And now we have Australia’s first electric ute – and this is why we’ve secured fleet agreements with major global and Australian companies, Federal, State and Local governments and fleet operators who are committed to running their businesses in a more environmentally-sound manner.” 2022 eT60_Jewel Blue_Interior (4)

POWERTRAIN & DRIVING

This first LDV eT60 is based around the Pro variant and built specifically to be the business workhorse of corporate fleets. Specified with the same CATL-sourced 88.55kWh lithium-ion battery found in the eDeliver 9, the eT60 has an impressive WLTP combined range of 330km*.

The battery can be charged via an 11kw charger in approximately 9.0 hours, while DC fast-charging takes approximately 45 minutes to charge from 20-80% full^.

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A permanent magnet synchronous motor delivers 130kW and 310Nm via the rear wheels, giving the eT60 a silently spirited turn of speed. In addition, regenerative braking turns kinetic energy into electrical power while helping slow the car down and feed power back into the battery. The eT60 consumes charge at an average rate of 21.3kWh per 100km.

The eT60 rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and features the heavy-duty suspension set-up of its Pro sibling, with double independent wishbone up front and a leaf spring rear, specifically calibrated for Australian conditions, with ventilated disc brakes all round.

Weighing in at 3,050kg, the eT60 has a maxed braked towing capacity of 1,000kg. Open the tailgate and a spray-in tub liner keeps the bed protected from wear and tear, while four tie-down points help secure the trickiest of loads or a useful payload of 1,000kg.

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EXTERIOR & INTERIOR

Outside, the eT60 channels the tough and aggressive stance of its ICE-powered siblings, sporting side steps, body-coloured bumpers and mirrors, and LED daytime running lights. A full chrome sports bar is standard. option.

Inside, the practicality continues with essentials like multi-function steering wheel, BluetoothTM connectivity, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, six-way electrically-adjustable front seats, 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlayTM connectivity and air conditioning.

SAFETY

Safety systems include driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags and front to rear curtain airbags; reversing camera and rear parking sensor; Electronic Stability Control with Emergency Brake Assist; Hill Start Assist; Roll Movement Intervention; and Hill Descent Control.

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PRICING & OWNERSHIP

The all-new LDV eT60 starts at $92,990 RRP and comes with a competitive 5-year/160,000km (whichever comes first) vehicle warranty, and an 8-year/160,000km battery warranty. This is supported with 5-year/130,000km Roadside Assist.

Servicing intervals of once every 24 months or 30,000km, whichever comes first. In addition, 5-years Roadside Assistance means coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for the period of your manufacturer’s warranty.

LDV eT60
Battery88.55kWh lithium ion
Max range (WLTP)330km*
Consumption21.3kWh per 100km
Maximum power130kW
Maximum torque310Nm
Charging20% to 80% in approx. 45mins via DC Charger*
Drive systemRear wheel drive
Price RRP$92,990
Warranty5yrs/160,000kms – vehicle; 8yrs/160,000km – battery
ServicingEvery 2-years/30,000km

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eT60 SUMMARY

“There is an undoubted appetite for commercial application EVs,” concludes Chinnappa.

“40% of Australian businesses surveyed recently by Small Business Loans Australia said they would purchase an EV in 2023 if Albanese’s Electric Car Discount Bill goes through Parliament. These Australian businesses know the eT60 isn’t going to cross Nullarbor – but that its 330km range is more than adequate for their everyday requirements.

“But they also know government EV policy and EV infrastructure is on the move and they want to be ahead of the transition. And the LDV eT60, Australia’s first electric ute, is here to help.”

Australia’s first electric ute is on sale now. Please visit https://www.ldvautomotive.com.au/ for more information.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.