Fiat Ducato Electric van 2020: details and specifications revealed

Further details revealed of Fiat Ducato Electric van

Fiat Ducato Electric

Fiat Professional, the Italian manufacturer's commercial-vehicle arm, has revealed further details and images of the upcoming Fiat Ducato Electric van.

It says total cost of ownership (TCO) has been a key focus in the model's development, and confirmed that the Ducato Electric 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 Ducato Electric'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. 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.

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 Ducato Electric is being described as "designed and developed by FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]".

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.