The EV80 is the first of LDV’s new generation of cleaner, alternative fuel vehicles that it says is ideal for both city driving and short journeys. It boasts a 120 mile range on a single charge.
The EV80 has been designed with zero emissions technology, together with advanced electric power systems, providing greener power and reducing environmental impacts.
The company says that it is firmly focused on the future of greener motoring, with impending plans to launch a plug-in hybrid, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell propelled CV.
LDV was also awarded LCV Manufacturer of the Year at the most recent GreenFleet Awards, which celebrates and rewards the work undertaken by stakeholders in the fleet sector to reduce the environmental impacts of automotive vehicles. It promotes zero and ultra-low-emission technology.
LDV is manufactured by SAIC, the largest automotive company in China, and distributed by Harris Automotive Distributors. SAIC recently confirmed a partnership with China’s largest electric vehicle battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co (CATL ), to drive the future of advanced, power battery systems.
The deal between the two companies involves a multi-billion investment that will challenge the world’s current largest power battery production plant, the Tesla ‘Super Factory’, with plans to reach 36,000 GWh of capacity by 2020.
LDV has also revealed a next generation V80 and in 2019 will add the SV63 to its dynamic and growing fleet. Building on what it describes as the high standards and spec of LDV’s popular V80 model, the new vehicle will have increased payloads (1.3 – 2.5T ) and lower ground clearance. It adds that with an all new D20 Euro 6d engine torque of up to 400Nm and up to five tonne, the SV63 will incorporate innovative design, intelligent safety features, a smooth driving experience and environmental protections as standard.
Another new model is the T60, the first Chinese-produced pick-up to be awarded a five-star safety rating from ANCAP, Australia and New Zealand’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate. LDV says that it is the perfect vehicle for both on and off-road driving.
Equipped with a high level of specification and stylish interior quality, LDV anticipates that the pick-up truck will generate significant interest should it become available on the European market.
Mark Barrett, general manager of LDV for UK and Ireland, said: “Whether it is for lifestyle or business use, it is imperative that we have the right product for the right market and we are really excited by the T60, which is in a class of its own.”
He added that the final new model, the D90 SUV, currently available in other markets, raises the bar for seven seat SUVs, with an incredible high spec and a host of safety technology.