An Australian company wants to electrify Australia’s utes – not by selling them new ones, but by converting older diesel models and thereby prolonging their service life.
Roev has announced details on its EV Fleet Program, which will allow customers to have their post-2016 Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger 4×2 and 4×4 workhorses converted to pure electric.
There are two proposed configurations: a 64kWh Standard Pack offering up to 240km of range, and a 96kWh Extended Pack offering up to 360km.
Power, torque and towing figures are still being finalised.
Conversions will have vehicle-to-load (V2L) with 240V powerpoints for powering equipment, an 11kW onboard AC charger, and maximum CCS DC charging speeds of 80kW.
First reservations reportedly open in December and the company has committed to 1000 utes in the program’s first 12 months.
“Australia is hungry for hardworking, reliable dual cab utes. And Australians have spoken, let’s move to climate aware EVs,” the company said.
“To meet the urgent demand, ROEV is converting new utes to EVs – focused on delivery for our Fleets, Councils, businesses, and tradies.”
Proposed conversion pricing is as follows:
- 4×2 MY20-22: $47,990
- 4×2 MY16-19: $48,990
- 4×4 MY20-22: $50,990
- 4×4 MY16-19: $51,990
- 4×2 MY20-22: $53,990
- 4×2 MY16-19: $54,990
- 4×4 MY20-22: $56,990
- 4×4 MY16-19: $57,990
These prices are for the conversion, meaning you take your existing diesel work utes which have already been paid for.
Roev’s CEO and co-founder Noah Wasmer has previously worked for Atlassian, VMware, and Apple. Fellow co-founder and CTO Paul Slade is also ex-Atlassian. Head of strategy Lynnard Cucksey is a former Holden engineer.