Fiat E-Ducato electric van 2020: specifications and on-sale date

Electric version of the Fiat Ducato gets closer to late-2020 launch

Fiat Professional, the Italian manufacturer's commercial-vehicle arm, has announced that its E-Ducato electric van is "ready for launch onto the market in pilot projects with selected clients".

Fiat says the van’s market launch in Europe will "take place in the next few months", with field testing with selected operators taking place first. These tests follow a year of on-road ‘big data’ collection from 28,000 vehicles, Fiat claims.

Fiat says total cost of ownership (TCO) has been a key focus in the model's development, and confirmed that the E-Ducato will be offered in the same range of body variants as the diesel equivalent, with load volumes from 10 to 17 cubic metres and a maximum payload of 1,950kg.

The E-Ducato’s motor will produce just over 120bhp and generate 280Nm of torque, while a range of battery sizes will offer ranges from 136 to 223 miles. However, these have been calculated using the NEDC test method, and are likely to be lower in real-world conditions. "Different charging configurations" are also promised, while the van's top speed will be limited to 62mph in order to optimise energy use. 

Fiat describes the E-Ducato as "100% connected", with a suite of connectivity features that'll allow it to slot into fleet-management systems of larger operators.

Its unveiling follows similar announcements of electric versions of the Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay, sister models to the Fiat. However, it seems all three won't use the same electric powertrain: while the Citroen and Peugeot are getting a third-party conversion by BD Auto, the E-Ducato is being described as "designed and developed by FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]".

In addition to the Boxer and Relay, the E-Ducato will also be a rival for the Renault Master Z.E. and Mercedes eSprinter 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.