The next big thing is clearly an electric van, and Maxus swelled the ranks of EV models with the eDeliver 9 – its second all-electric vehicle of the year.
Despite the challenges presented by 2020, Maxus has produced a big brother for the eDeliver 3 electric van, with a further chassis variant slated to be added in the second quarter of 2021.
Based on an entirely new platform, the eDeliver 9 joins the diesel-powered Deliver 9 model to provide a range suitable for all users. “We want to make choosing an electric vehicle as easy as possible for customers, whether they are shopping for one vehicle or an entire fleet for their business,” explained Mark Barrett, GM of Harris Maxus.
Power and Range
There are three battery capacity options for the eDeliver 9, starting at 51.5kWh, going through 72kWh, and rising to 88.55kWh. That’s enough to give the new Maxus van a range of up to 219 miles. While Maxus hasn’t provided a figure, it would be safe to assume the range provided by the lowest sized battery pack would be around 125 miles.
That puts the Maxus right at the top of its class for range, including against forthcoming vans from Ford and Fiat.
The battery pack powers a 203hp low-energy motor that provides up to 350Nm of torque, ensuring there’s plenty of punch available to shift the van – with its heavy bank of batteries – as well as its payload.
Rapid charging allows for a 5-80% charge in as little as 45 minutes, while a 7KW home-charger will see the same recharge in a little under 10 hours. While that might be a tad slow during a day’s work, it will be suitable for overnight parking at a depot or home.
Dimensions and Payload
Available in two different lengths, the eDeliver 9 comes in at almost six metres long for the long-wheelbase model, but that provides an impressive 11.0 cubic metres of cargo space. The medium wheelbase model shrinks by around 40cm and reduces the cargo volume to 9.7 cubic metres.
The new model will be rated at 3500kg, with an optional 4050kg upgrade, with payloads of up to 1,700kg on the 51.5kWh model.
The eDeliver 9 will be available in a number variants including crew cab, chassis and minibus models. A network of specialist converters will also be able to create a bespoke van to cater for all driver and business needs including mobility, refrigeration and specialist cargo.
Pricing and Availability
The eDeliver 9 will start from £55,000 plus VAT including the government electric vehicle grant, for the medium wheelbase model with the entry-level battery pack. Maxus hasn’t released details of other model prices, but the diesel-powered models (they drop the ‘e’ and are called Deliver 9) start at £27,150 plus VAT.
Order books are open now, with deliveries starting in January 2021.