Fiat is to build all-electric Ducato and says the fitting of the electric drivetrain will not compromise the van’s load or performance.
As well as being the first fully-electric Fiat Professional model, the BEV 2020 will be the first mass-produced electric vehicle designed and developed by the FCA Group. While the Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer are receiving a third-party electric drivetrain conversion by partner firm BD Auto, it is not yet known what the Ducato will use.
The van will initially pilot with major clients allowing Fiat to get a better understanding of its customers’ needs. As well as the Boxer and Relay, the Ducato electric will compete with the Renault Master Z.E. in the large electric van class.
Fiat is due to take pre-orders for the Ducato Electric later this year. Meanwhile, the manufacturer has unveiled the new Ducato MY20 with 6D engines that are more efficient, eco-friendly and high-performing, including various fuel types.
The new 9-Speed automatic transmission is available for the first time and the van comes with a choice of Euro 6D 2.3-litre engines with either 120hp, 140hp, 160hp and 180hp. There are three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Power, which offer improved performance.
There are also new ADAS and driving assist systems, including full brake control, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition, for added driver and pedestrian safety. The Ducato My20, which features the latest infotainment including Apple Car Play and Android Auto, starts at £24,670 for the 120hp version and is available for order now.
All are aimed at urban-based delivery companies with short, multi-drop routes.