Fiat Ducato Electric van for 2020 launch

Pilot scheme with "major clients" for Fiat Ducato Electric

Fiat Ducato Electric

Fiat has become the latest manufacturer to announce a large fully electric van, confirming a battery-powered version of its Ducato model.

It follows similar announcements of electric versions of the Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay. All three vans are sister models, sitting on the same mechanical platform.

But while the Citroen and Peugeot are getting a third-party electric drivetrain conversion by partner firm BD Auto, it's not yet known what solution the Ducato will use. However, it is being described as "designed and developed by FCA".

Exact specifications are thin on the ground right now, but Fiat is promising "no trade-off in terms of load and performance".

The Ducato Electric will be available to order before the end of this year, initially being made available to major clients for a pilot scheme aiming to better understand customers' electric van requirements.

In addition to the Boxer and Relay, the Ducato electric will also be a rival for the Renault Master Z.E. in the large electric van class.

All these models are aimed at urban-based delivery companies with short, multi-drop routes, enabling them to continue operating as low or zero-emissions zones are introduced to cities.