LDV EV30 electric van launched at CV Show

Chinese-built LDV EV30 electric van will join larger EV80 model in 2020

LDV EV30

The Chinese-owned commercial-vehicle brand LDV has announced a second electric van for its UK range, joining the larger EV80.

Unveiled at the recent CV Show in Birmingham, the LDV EV30 is pitched as a rival to the Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Nissan e-NV200 and goes on sale in the UK in 2020.

Both short- and long-wheelbase versions, and two different battery capacities, will be available. The cheaper version will have a 35kWh battery returning approximately 125 miles range, while the 53kWh battery will boost that to 200 miles.

The EV30 is front-wheel drive, with a 114bhp electric motor turning the wheels, giving it a top speed of 79mph and a 0-31mph time of five seconds.

Fast charging to 80% capacity will be completed in as little as 45 minutes, while charging from a standard socket will take around five hours.

The short-wheelbase version can take five cubic metres of cargo, with the long-wheelbase model boosting that to just over six. Their respective payloads are 600kg and one tonne.

An exact price for the EV30 has yet to be confirmed, but a starting figure of around £22,000 is expected.