New Chinese Electric Van Competes with Toyota HiAce in Australia

The LDV eDeliver 7, a new battery-electric delivery van, has recently been released in Australia as a direct competitor to the Toyota HiAce. With a starting price of $59,990 for ABN holders, the eDeliver 7 offers a more affordable option in the mid-size van segment.

Unlike its only electric competitor in the class, the Mercedes-Benz eVito, the LDV eDeliver 7 is priced over $30,000 lower at the entry level. The eDeliver 7 comes in four different variants, with two battery options and various body styles, including a high roof.

The range begins with the SWB Low Roof 77kWh, followed by the LWB Low Roof 77kWh, the LWB Low Roof 88kWh, and the top-end LWB High Roof 88kWh. While the full retail pricing is yet to be announced, the eDeliver 7 is already considered to have competitive pricing, especially for business operators looking for a zero-emissions solution.

Compared to its larger counterpart, the eDeliver 9, the eDeliver 7 is offered at approximately half the price. Its direct competitors in the market also include the Ford E-Transit Custom, but it is expected that the LDV eDeliver 7 will have a lower starting price.

The eDeliver 7 features two battery options – 77kWh and 88kWh – both powering a 150kW/330Nm electric motor. The driving range varies between 318km and 362km, depending on the variant. Charging times range from 43 minutes for a 20-80% charge using DC fast charging, to a range of eight hours to 9.3 hours for AC charging.

In terms of cargo capacity, the SWB Low Roof offers 5.9 cubic meters of load volume along with a payload of 1350kg. The LWB Low Roof, on the other hand, provides 6.7 cubic meters of load volume and a payload of 1289kg. Meanwhile, the range-topping LWB High Roof offers the largest load volume of 8.7 cubic meters but has the lowest payload capacity of 1175kg.

Safety features in the LDV eDeliver 7 include autonomous emergency braking, front collision warning, emergency lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The vehicle is covered by a five-year/160,000km factory warranty, an eight-year/250,000km battery warranty, and includes two years/30,000km of capped-price servicing.

Overall, the LDV eDeliver 7 provides a cost-effective and eco-friendly option for businesses in need of a mid-size electric delivery van in Australia. With its competitive pricing and range of variants, it presents a strong alternative to the popular Toyota HiAce.

FAQ Section:

1. What is the LDV eDeliver 7?
The LDV eDeliver 7 is a new battery-electric delivery van released in Australia. It is a direct competitor to the Toyota HiAce and offers a more affordable option in the mid-size van segment.

2. How does the pricing of the LDV eDeliver 7 compare to its competitors?
The LDV eDeliver 7 is priced over $30,000 lower than its only electric competitor, the Mercedes-Benz eVito. It is also offered at approximately half the price of its larger counterpart, the eDeliver 9. It is expected to have a lower starting price than the Ford E-Transit Custom as well.

3. What are the battery options and driving range of the LDV eDeliver 7?
The LDV eDeliver 7 features two battery options – 77kWh and 88kWh. The driving range varies between 318km and 362km, depending on the variant.

4. How long does it take to charge the LDV eDeliver 7?
Charging times range from 43 minutes for a 20-80% charge using DC fast charging, to a range of eight hours to 9.3 hours for AC charging.

5. What are the cargo capacity and payload options of the LDV eDeliver 7?
The LDV eDeliver 7 offers different cargo capacity and payload options depending on the variant. The SWB Low Roof has 5.9 cubic meters of load volume and a payload of 1350kg. The LWB Low Roof has 6.7 cubic meters of load volume and a payload of 1289kg. The LWB High Roof has the largest load volume of 8.7 cubic meters but the lowest payload capacity of 1175kg.

6. What are the safety features and warranties included with the LDV eDeliver 7?
Safety features in the LDV eDeliver 7 include autonomous emergency braking, front collision warning, emergency lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The vehicle is covered by a five-year/160,000km factory warranty, an eight-year/250,000km battery warranty, and includes two years/30,000km of capped-price servicing.

Related Links:
LDV Official Website
Toyota HiAce