Electric LDV utes have been confirmed for right-hand drive markets like the UK and New Zealand, but have yet to be locked in for Australia.

    Pre-orders have opened for the Maxus T90EV in the UK, with deliveries beginning in the first quarter of 2023.

    That follows the opening of pre-orders for the related eT60 in New Zealand earlier this year.

    “We’re aware they’re available in right-hand drive and we’re looking at the situation very closely,” said a spokesperson for Ateco, LDV’s distributor in Australia.

    The eT60 uses a single, rear-mounted electric motor with 130kW of power and 310Nm of torque.

    It has a claimed WLTP range of 325km, with a maximum braked towing capacity of 1500kg.

    The T90EV, in contrast, has a 150kW electric motor and 354km of WLTP range, albeit an identical braked towing capacity.

    Both models are rear-wheel drive-only and use an 88.5kWh battery.

    The company’s UK operation has published even more detailed specifications of its model, listing the T90EV as having a generous 1000kg payload and supporting AC charging at up to 11kW and DC charging at up to 80kW.

    Maxus – as the LDV brand is known in markets like China and the UK – has yet to reveal the interior of the UK-market T90EV.

    However, the left-hand drive T90 range in the Chinese market features a restyled interior with a digital instrument cluster and central touchscreen in one wraparound assembly.

    LDV in New Zealand has priced the eT60 at NZ$79,990 drive-away (A$72,541), before a government rebate of NZ$8625.

    The diesel T60 range, in contrast, is priced between $NZ42,538 and $50,588 before on-roads (A$38,576 to $45,877).

    The LDV T60 is currently sold in Australia exclusively with a bi-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 160kW of power and 500Nm of torque, with 3000kg of braked towing capacity.

    The electric ute market is a fledgling one globally, and Chinese and American brands have been leading the charge.

    In China, Maxus sells the T90EV as part of a wide range of EVs including electric versions of the Deliver 9, plus the new G90 people mover-based MIFA 9.

    It goes up against the Dongfeng Rich 6 EV, based on the Nissan Navara. Geely will also enter this space this year with the RD6 from its new Radar brand, which appears to be positioned as more of an upscale lifestyle vehicle.

    In the US, automakers have been focusing on considerably larger vehicles in this space. These include the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Hummer EV, with upcoming models including the GMC Sierra EV, Tesla Cybertruck and Ram 1500 BEV.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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