Maxus E Deliver 3 electric van priced at £22,800

SAIC has said that the EV30 (sold as the Maxus E Deliver 3) has received more than 1,000 orders in Norway, and the first batch of 328 vehicles have been shipped from China on June 7th. The EV30 is now officially launched in Europe and becomes the only Chinese brand model in the European small and medium LCV (light commercial vehicle) electric market segment.

The company has launched the van in the UK market from a price of £22,800 for the 35 kWh version and £25,080 for the 52.5 kWh version (Net Price including grant/ex-VAT). The E Deliver 3 is available to order and deliveries of the short wheelbase variant will begin in July; the platform chassis comes available in Q3 2020 while the long wheelbase panel van will be launched in Q4 2020.

Owned by SAIC, the Maxus brand (which will give India the MG Gloster) was earlier known as LDV and the rebrand was announced in February 2020 and will be used in the European region. The E Deliver 3 electric van was introduced as the LDV EV30 at the 2019 CV Show in Birmingham and will be available in the short and long-wheelbase variants. The E Deliver 3 makes a maximum power of 90 kW, torque of 255 Nm and has a top speed of 120 km/h. The battery can be charged in six hours with a regular AC charger and with a DC fast charger, 80 per cent can be achieved in 45 minutes.

Maxus E Deliver 3 variantSWB 35kWhSWB 52.5kWhLWB 35kWhLWB 52.5kWhChassis cab 52.5kwh
Weights
GVM (kg)23102460255026302630
CVW (kg)14551555153016401428
Max front axle load (kg)11701170117011701180
Max rear axle load (kg)12601460146014601460
Payload (kg)86590510209901202
Max roof load (kg)7575100100/
Towing capacity (unbraked) (kg)500500500500/
Engine
Drive typeRHDRHDRHDRHDRHD
Number of seats22222
Rated power/peak power (kW)40/9040/9040/9040/9040/90
Rated torque/Max. torque (N.m)125/255125/255125/255125/255125/255
Max speed (km/h)120120120120120
Acceleration 0-100km/h (sec)11121213TBC
Gear RatiosInternal Gearbox RatiosFinal Drive RatiosTotal Gear Ratio
Max CVTN/AN/AN/A
12.53.7399.348
Min CVTN/AN/AN/A
Reverse2.53.7399.348
Dimensions
Dimension : L *W *H (mm)4555X1780X18954555X1780X18955145X1780X19005145X1780X19005037X1780X1866
Wheelbase (mm)29102910328532853285
Length cargo space (mm)2180218027702770/
Max width cargo space (mm)1665166516651665/
Max width cargo space between wheel arches (mm)1220122012201220/
Max height cargo space (mm)1330133013301330/
Slide door width (mm)710710710710/
Slide door height (mm)1230123012301230/
Turning radius (m)5.875.876.536.536.53
Cargo volume (m³)4.84.86.36.3/
Charging
Charging time (AC 100%) h68688
Charging time (DC 80%) min4545454545
Batery capacity (kWh)3552.53552.552.5
Energy consumption WLTP combined (kWh/100km)24.36 kWh/100km23.63kWh/100km26.15kWh/100km25.31kWh/100kmTBC

The body of the E Deliver 3 has been built using aluminium alloy and polymer composites to keep the weight down and the aerodynamic design helps in reducing wind resistance. While the company already has an electric van in the form of EV80, the E Deliver 3 is the pure EV without any gasoline or hybrid derivative. The E Deliver 3 competes with the likes of Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo ZE and has an edge in pricing after the UK government’s electric vehicle grant that will make it one of the more affordable fully-electric vans.

For UK customers who require a more car-like vehicle while having less items to haul, they could consider the MG 5 Electric Estate from the same parent company (SAIC) that will be launched in the similar price range later this year.