Deliveries of the first all-electric Maxus EV80 vans has now begun in Europe — with the German firm Maske Fleet being amongst the first there to receive the new offerings — according to an email sent to CleanTechnica.
These initial deliveries precede the expected beginning of full production and a wide-scale launch in 2019 — with the idea being to first gain initial feedback about the performance of the large, zero-emissions panel vans.
Notably, thanks to the deliveries, Maske Fleet is now one of the very first (and only) leasing firms in Europe to offer the use of all-electric large panel vans to fleet customers — including a Hamburg-based courier service, reportedly.
As a bit more background, the Maxus EV80 van is ultimately a product of SAIC (via SAIC Mobility Europe), a China-based firm. It represents pretty much the only real option out there for a large, all-electric van. (Though, the Renault Master ZE is now nearly here as well.)
Initial deliveries were all to customers in Germany and Austria, but deliveries to those in other countries are expected to begin soon as well.
The email sent to CleanTechnica provides more: “The Maxus EV80 is available as a panel van and a chassis cab, providing practicality and extensive versatility demanded by fleet operators. The panel van features a cargo area length of 3,300 mm, width of 1,770 mm and height of 1,710 mm, resulting in a total volume of 10.2 m3, accessible through wide-opening rear and side doors. The maximum payload capacity is 950 kg. The chassis cab is similarly competitive in its capabilities and offers a maximum towing mass of 750 kg.
“The EV80 vans have a range up to 200 km and a charging time of just 2 hours. Both models offer competitive levels of standard specification, and depending on variant, feature rear parking sensors, air conditioning and heated, electrically adjustable side mirrors.”
The Managing Director of SAIC Mobility Europe, Pieter Gabriëls, commented on the news: “With up to 200 km real-life range, zero exhaust emissions and short charging time, the Maxus EV80 is an ideal solution for businesses operating in urban environments. We are analysing real-world performance data to demonstrate how businesses can successfully integrate fully electric large van into their fleets, as we ramp up deliveries and fully launch the brand across Europe in 2019.”
So, what this news represents, amongst other things, is the continued growth and expansion of the Chinese auto sector — if China-based firms are able to establish significant sales of all-electric vans in Europe, then that will certainly represent an important shift of sorts.
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