2020 heralded the start of a new era for the brand as LDV rebranded as Maxus, aligning the UK and all other European markets with the globally recognised brand name. This was followed by the launch of two brand new platform electric vehicles (EVs), the e Deliver 3 and e Deliver 9.
Now, 54 percent of Maxus’ light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales in the UK are electric. The e Deliver 9, which was launched in June 2020 illustrates Maxus’ focus on innovation, customisation and greener motoring. It’s available in two size options with a high power 150kW low energy motor and offers up to 219 miles (352km) of range.
The all-new platform vehicle is available in 51.5kWh, 72kWh and 88.55kWh battery sizes. With DC charging up to 80 percent of charge can be restored in 45 minutes. Prices for the e Deliver 9 start from £65,000.
The smaller e Deliver 3, is another ground-up designed electric vehicle, with a 92kW motor. This is powered by the latest generation 52.5kWh battery that offers up to 210 miles (338km) of range. Using a DC rapid charger it can be charged up to 80 percent in 40 minutes.
Maxus’ e Deliver 3 is available in a number of variants and wheelbase options, making it a versatile zero-emissions vehicle ideal a for wide range of business needs. At this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show it was displayed with a customised refrigerated unit (52.5 kWh). This model is proving hugely popular among customers in the grocery and pharmaceutical sectors. Prices start from £33,000.
Maxus has worked with many other companies to help them electrify their fleets. This year, delivery company DPD purchased 750 all-electric commercial vehicles from the Chinese motor manufacturer. This saw DPD double its fleet of electric vehicles in the UK, increasing it to almost 1,500 carbon-neutral vehicles.
It’s good to see that Maxus is one of the few OEM manufacturers providing a wide range of electric vehicles for fleets and private customers. Hopefully, these vehicles with their impressive ranges and good pricing will encourage more businesses to adopt electric vehicles into their fleets.
Maxus has had its best year ever thanks to several significant fleet deals and is currently forecasting a 400 percent increase in sales in the UK by the end of 2021.