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Maxus T90EV Pickup Review

The Maxus T90EV is the only electric pickup that’s currently available in the UK, it’s got a decent range, and it’s better to drive than a diesel.

  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
  • Maxus T90EV Pickup
Green Car Guide Rating: 8/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Maxus T90EV Double Cab Pickup
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 220 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   80 kW

Summary

  • It’s an electric pickup!
  • Good to drive
  • 220-mile range
  • Rear-wheel drive only

Background

We’ve had an increasing variety of electric cars over recent years in varying shapes and sizes, but no electric pickups – until today, because the Maxus T90EV is now on sale in the UK. Maxus is part of SAIC Motor – China’s largest carmaker. Other than Maxus, SAIC Motor’s other brands include MG and LDV. SAIC Motor acquired the commercial vehicles division of the British Motor Corporation in 2010, including LDV, which originally stood for Leyland DAF Vans.

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Design & Engineering

Let’s cover off the vital statistics first. The Maxus T90EV Double Cab Pickup is 5,365mm long, with the pickup bed measuring 1,485mm x 1,510mm x 530mm. It weighs 2,300 kg, has a payload of 1,000 kg and a braked towing capacity of 1,500 kg.

It’s rear-wheel drive only, not all-wheel drive, and has a ground clearance of 187mm and a wading depth of 550mm.

In terms of powertrain, the T90 has a battery capacity of 88.5 kWh and a 201 hp electric motor on the rear axle.

Visually the T90 shares styling cues with other pickups, although most rivals have larger wheels than the 17-inch items on our test car. The T90 is a five-seater and there’s decent rear legroom.

Our test car also came with a load cover over the pickup bed – as well as two large tool drawers with a sliding cover sitting in the pick-up area.

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Maxus T90EV Pickup Driving Experience

Most pickups are diesel and are therefore crude and noisy. The Maxus T90EV Pickup is the opposite: refined and virtually silent, with the instant torque provided by an electric motor. It also has good ride quality – with the high profile tyres no doubt contributing to this. Handling is what you would expect from a pickup weighing 2.3 tonnes. Although the front suspension is double-wishbone, the T90 has leaf springs at the rear.

The T90 was tested on a variety of roads, and was good to drive on all of them, the only issue being that it was a challenge to maintain a planted feel with the steering at motorway speeds.

We gave the T90 some light off-roading challenges and although it’s only rear-wheel drive, it was fitted with off-road tyres, and it had no problems with any of the grass or gravel hills that we threw at it.

The pickup featured buttons for hill descent control and for deactivating the traction control.

The T90 has two drive modes, Eco or Power. One feature that was missing was the lack of ability to adjust the level of regenerative braking, which is rare for an EV (and the lack of lane departure warning system was also a surprise, albeit a welcome surprise).

Other unusual features include a key that needs to be inserted in the ignition to start the vehicle, a traditional (ie. old-fashioned) handbrake, no reach adjustment for the steering wheel, and the indicator stalk being positioned on the right-hand side of the steering column, rather than the more conventional, left-hand side. This resulted in the windscreen wipers being inadvertently activated on a frequent basis during our week’s test of the vehicle.

The cabin features a 10.25-inch touchscreen, which is a bit basic, but it does the job. There’s no satnav, but you can use Apple CarPlay to project Google Maps onto the screen. The reversing camera and rear parking sensors are essential items of equipment for a vehicle measuring 5,365mm in length and with poor rear visibility due to the load bay cover.

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Maxus T90EV Pickup Electric Range and Charging

The Maxus T90EV Pickup has an official combined WLTP electric driving range of 220 miles, and it was averaging 220 miles in real-world driving, although the range read-out was predicting a slightly over-optimistic 260 miles.

The T90 can rapid charge at up to 80 kW DC, allowing it to top up the 88.5 kWh battery from 20% to 80% in around 45 minutes. It can also charge at 11 kW AC, when a 5% to 100% charge takes 9 hours, or at 7 kW AC, when a 5% to 100% charge takes 13 hours.

One useful feature is a 3-pin plug socket in the rear footwell.

Unlike virtually all electric cars, you can’t simply press the charge socket cover to open it, you have to release the cover using a switch in the interior, on the driver’s door panel.

How to charge an electric car

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Price And Model Range

The Maxus T90EV Double Cab Pickup is priced from £49,995 plus VAT (thanks to its 1,000 kg payload it qualifies for commercial vehicle status, so the price can be quoted without VAT) and it’s eligible for a plug-in grant of £5,000. There’s just one trim level.

Prices and specifications correct at time of review

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Conclusion

Well done to Maxus for being the first company to have an electric pick-up on sale in the UK. It may not be all-wheel drive, but not everyone needs a 4×4 pickup. The T90EV is generally good to drive overall, and it’s one of the very few EVs that we’ve tested that has matched its official (220-mile) range with its real-world range.

The T90EV should appeal to organisations that need to transport things around with zero emissions, but it should also appeal to individuals who want to escape sustainably into the countryside with kit such as bikes or paddleboards.

The Maxus T90EV Double Cab Pickup is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 8 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Maxus T90EV Pickup Review

  • Test electric driving range: 220 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 2.49 miles/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2023/24): 0%
  • Price:   From £49,995 + VAT
  • Insurance group:  50
  • Power:   201 hp
  • Torque:   375 Nm
  • Max speed:   80 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   10 seconds
  • Weight:   2,300 kg
  • Towing capacity: 1,500 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor