2023 LDV EDV T60 Fully-Electric Ute – The 2023 LDV EDV T60 ute could be the first fully electric mass-produced ute in Australia. LDV launched the EV T60 last week in New Zealand. It beat out the upcoming GWM Ute battery-powered model, the Rivian R1T, and Tesla Cybertruck as well as Ford F-150 Lightning.
2023 LDV EDV T60 Fully-Electric Ute Review
The EV T60 ute is powered by a single electric motor that sends 130kW and 310Nm to its rear axle. A single 88.5kWh battery provides 325 km of driving range. The dual-cab EV T60 is only available in rear-wheel drive at this point. It has a payload of 980 kg.
LDV officials in Australia were not forthcoming about plans for the EV T60 but it is believed that the company is currently planning for its future electric portfolio. The Maxus brand is sold overseas by the Chinese carmaker. It also sells the all-electric, electric deliver 9, commercial van in right-hand-drive markets like the UK and New Zealand. The delivery 9 is available with three battery packs and three bodies, including a cab chassis. The electric LDV van has slightly more power due to the 150kW/310Nm motor. It can drive for 353km with the largest 88.5kWh lithium battery.
2023 LDV EDV T60 Fully-Electric Ute Pricing
The pricing for the EV-T60 ute has not been announced in New Zealand. However, the eDeliver 9, which is priced between NZ$75990 and NZ$82990 (AU$70790-$773,312), comes with generous government subsidies. LDV NZ also offers a smaller eDeliver 3 commercial van starting at NZ$57 489 (AU$53 5,550).
Last year, documents published by a Chinese Government department show that the LDV’s direct rival, the electric GWM Ute will use a 150kW motor and either a 60.5kWh (or 79.6kWh) battery. It has a claimed driving range of up to 450km. Rivian also stated its desire to sell the R1T electric vehicle in Australia. However, it is unclear if a right-hand drive model will be manufactured at its US facility or if Aussie buyers will have to wait for a rumored UK plant to be constructed before they arrive on our shores.