Fiat Professional launched an all-new Euro 6D diesel engine for their large Ducato panel van in 2019. They also added new safety features & tech that make it far more competitive in it’s sector. So good in fact was our Large Van of the Year for 2020.
But, Fiat haven’t stood back & admired their handiwork. Instead, on our 2019 trip to Turin, they also gave CC&V a glimpse of the all-new Ducato electric, to be called eDucato coming to Fiat and Fiat Professional showrooms in late 2020.
It will be available in all body variants with the same load volumes as the conventional Ducato, from 10m3 to 17m3 and the best payload on the market, up to 1,950 kg.
Ducato Electric will offer a choice of battery options for a total range of 135 to 223 miles on the (NEDC cycle) & will come with a maximum power of 90kW and maximum torque of 280 Nm.
The difference in range was explained by Fiat as a ‘modular battery size option’, allowing buyers to balance battery capacity against their payload requirements. Battery sizing will range 47-70kWh & the battery size is going to be upgradable, i.e you will be able to purchase a Ducato Electric with the minimum battery size, but then pay to have the battery capacity increased. As far as we know this is a first in the Van EV sector.
As for charging time, Fiat claim that charging with a regular AC charger should give the Ducato Electric 62 miles of range in one hour, with the more powerful DC charger doing it in half the time.
If the claimed range is correct, this coupled with the impressive charging times, will give Fiat class-leading capabilities & they will have a real winner on their hands.