Maxus EV80 Electric VanSeptember 19, 2018
A range of zero emission Maxus EV80 battery electric vans are being displayed at the 2018 Hannover IAA Commercial Vehicles show.
The light commercial vehicle manufacturer, a subsidiary of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer SAIC Motor, is also announcing LeasePlan as its exclusive partner in Europe, as it prepares for its full brand launch in 2019.
Under the new agreement with SAIC Maxus, LeasePlan will offer operational leasing solutions for the fully-electric EV80 large panel van to business customers across continental Europe. Maxus is continuing to establish partnerships with large businesses looking to reduce their fleet emissions and vehicle operating costs.
The Maxus EV80 van is the only fully electric van in its class on European roads. In addition, unlike other suppliers of all-electric commercial vehicles of this size, Maxus is able to fulfil any size of order for European fleets, thanks to the company’s extensive production capacity in China. The technology of the EV80 is well proven, with electric Maxus commercial vehicles having been produced for Asian markets for several years.
Four variants of the new range of zero-emissions EV80 battery electric vehicles are on display, and two Maxus EV80 vans are available for visitors to test drive.
The new EV80s are displayed in chassis-cab, standard panel van, high panel van, and wheelchair-accessible formats.
The standard panel van features a cargo area length of 3,300 mm, width of 1,770 mm and height of 1,710 mm (1,920 mm height with the high-roof variant), resulting in a total volume of 10.2 m3 (11.5 m3 for the high-roof variant), accessible through wide-opening rear and side doors. The maximum payload capacity is 950 kg (915 kg for the high-roof model). The chassis cab model can be built up to the exact specifications of the customer.
AMF-Bruns, the European market leader in accessible vehicle conversions is collaborating with SAIC Mobility Europe to market the Maxus EV80 throughout Europe as a fully-electric accessible passenger vehicle, also with wheelchair access.
The standard EV80 model can be configured as a passenger bus, transporting eight people plus the driver. The wheelchair-accessible EV80 is additionally equipped with a bespoke lift system and can accommodate four wheelchairs, or a single wheelchair with up to seven other passengers.
The AMF-Bruns conversion with an aluminium SmartFloor system, SmartSeat specialist single seats, linear lift and fixed step satisfies current European safety guidelines. With a motor rating of 56 kW, the Maxus EV80 is currently the only electric transporter available in its class with such a performance rating.
The vehicle is available for purchase or can be operated in a long-term rental arrangement with full-service guarantee for the period of operation, including insurance, damage management, maintenance and servicing. The Maxus EV80 with AMF-Bruns conversion is exclusively available through MOGEoK GmbH.
Ahead of the IAA show a Memorandum of Understanding was agreed with LeasePlan, who will be the exclusive leasing solutions partner for MAXUS in continental Europe.
The Maxus EV80 is driven by a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor that delivers maximum output of 100kW and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. All model variants are equipped with the same plug-in powertrain and high-capacity LifePo4 Lithium-ion battery that give the vehicle a range of up to 200 km (depending on configuration).
Charging time is just two hours while using a DC charger. As a unique feature in this class, the vehicle is equipped to enable both AC and DC charging capability as standard, for optimal flexibility. Standard AC charging takes seven hours, in-line with the industry standard for plug-in vehicles.
The total cost of ownership of EV80 variants in most European markets will be within 5% of their diesel-powered competitors over the lifetime of the vehicles. The total ownership costs could even be lower in some countries where local subsidies are more favourable. Prices in Europe will start from €47.500 (excluding VAT).