Italian carmaker Fiat has outlined specifications for its 2020 Fiat Ducato Electric at an event in Europe, revealing that the brand’s first commercial electric vehicle will have a driving range up to almost 360km.
Offering a variety of different battery options, the first electric vehicle for the brand’s professional arm will allow driving range from 219km to 359km – although it must be noted these figures use the NEDC cycle, so the real world driving range may be considerably less.
All variants of the Ducato Electric van will be fitted with a 90kW motor, delivering 280Nm of torque, more than enough power, the company says, to lug almost two tonnes with volumes of 10 to 17 cubic metres.
While pricing for the 2020 Ducato Electric has not yet been announced, the brand says the marketing focus will be on total cost of ownership.
First available under a pilot scheme to commercial clients to gauge customer needs and interest, the Ducato Electric will join Fiat’s existing stable of internal combustion engine (ICE) Ducato vans, traybacks and campers.
According to Italian Auto, the company expects that the electric version of its Ducato commercial van will have an uptake in about a quarter of the cargo van’s potential market compared to its ICE equivalent.
Perfect for sectors such as last mile delivery, the vehicle will be limited to a top speed of 100km/hr to optimise battery life.
Further details of specifications of the 2020 Fiat Ducato Electric will be announced closer to its release date.
It is not expected to be made available in Australia however, with an FCA spokesperson telling Car Advice last month that, “At this stage, we’re not in a position to comment on local availability of the Fiat Ducato EV”.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.