The forthcoming LDV eDeliver 7 electric light commercial van has been approved for sale in Australia ahead of its arrival either in late 2023 or early 2024.
According to government approval documents, the Australian-specification LDV eDeliver 7 van has could be offered in a total of 24 different configurations.
It’s unclear if every single variant will actually be sold as sometimes companies approve certain vehicle variants for local sale then never actually offer them.
The eDeliver 7 range will be available with two different battery options. There’s a standard 77kWh battery and a long-range 88kWh battery, which depending on the configuration offers up to 370km of range according to WLTP testing.
There are short- and mid-wheelbase bodies with a standard roof, and a mid-wheelbase high-roof model. Each variant can be had with either a single or dual sliding doors, as well as two or three seats.
Regardless of the battery pack or body style, the eDeliver is powered by a front axle-mounted electric motor producing 150kW of power and 330Nm of torque.
LDV’s new Toyota HiAce rival will also offer the option of a diesel powertrain like its current G10 and V80 models, with more details on timing coming in 2024. The company has previously confirmed it will launch new vehicles in electric guise first, and with combustion power second.
The approval documents also confirm the eDeliver 7 has a braked towing capacity of 1500kg.
The electric commercial van also has a tare mass ranging between 2280kg and 2510kg, depending on the variant, with a range-wide gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 3650kg.
Payload figures haven’t been confirmed at this stage though in the UK it’s between 1025kg and 1200kg, depending on the variant.
As previously reported, the LDV eDeliver 7 slots under the eDeliver 9 and is around the size of a Ford Transit Custom, which will gain an electric variant in Australia next year.
Cargo volume is 5.9 cubic metres in standard guise, 6.7 cubic metres in the longer wheelbase, and 8.7 cubic metres in the long wheelbase with the high roof.
LDV has promised the eDeliver 7 will be priced to make it “accessible to many, many more” Australian businesses.
All models will come with a suite of active safety and driver assist features, as well as a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
LDV has developed new infotainment software that can integrate both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Available safety equipment in China includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, a surround-view camera, and traffic sign recognition.
It’s unclear if this next-generation electric ute will be sold alongside the existing eT60 which launched locally in 2022 and still remains as the only electric ute offered in Australia.