Fiat E-Ducato specification and pricing announced

Fiat has confirmed UK specification and pricing for the new Fiat E-Ducato all-electric van.

A total of 28 different versions of the electric Ducato will be available with three body lengths and three roof heights as well as 3.5-tonne and 4.25-tonne gross vehicle weights and with panel van, passenger version and chassis cab variants.

Pricing for the van will start at £55,675 for the 47kWh battery pack and £68,175 for the larger 79kWh version.

Fiat claims the smaller sized battery will have a range of up to 108 miles, while the larger batteries will see the vehicle achieve as much as 175 miles according to the WLTP combined test cycle.

Maximum payload for the 3.5-tonne E-Ducato is 1,160kg however the 4.25-tonne version can transport up to 1,885kg while still being on a regular UK driving licence thanks to special dispensation given to heavier alternatively fuelled vehicles.

Power comes from a 90kW (122hp) electric motor producing 280Nm of torque.

The E-Ducato will be covered by a five-year warranty with, five years roadside assistance and five year servicing, as well as a separate 10-year warranty on the batteries.

Speaking about the arrival of the E-Ducato, Eric Laforge, Fiat head of LCV, said: “The UK is an important market for the E-Ducato, it is probably the biggest one, potentially, at the beginning.”

Order books for the new Fiat E-Ducato are now open and deliveries are expected to begin in May.

P Harper & Sons adds I-Save Volvo FH to fleet

P Harper & Sons has added a Volvo FH with I-Save to its 18-strong fleet after being impressed by the fuel consumption of a similar vehicle bought last year.

The second Volvo FH with I-Save in the Huntingdon-based fleet is a 6x2 Lite model with 460hp engine and pusher axle, reducing weight by up to 490kg compared to a regular 6x2 and allowing P Harper & Son’s bulk tipper operation to be more productive.

“We run a variety of trucks in the fleet, but we hadn’t had a Volvo for quite a while before putting the FH into service,” said Adam Harper, P Harper & Sons transport manager.

“We always look for the best overall product in terms of fuel, reliability and value for money. People had told us about Volvo’s new turbo compound engine, and we thought we’d give it a go. The driver absolutely loved it from the start and the fuel performance it has given us has been excellent, so we decided to go back for another one.”

Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East the unit will cover around 140,000km per year and has been taken on a five-year Volvo Gold Contract with servicing and maintenance to be carried out at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East’s depot in Peterborough.

“The fuel was definitely the main selling point for us,” said Harper.

“We were very impressed with the first one and this new truck has settled in very well too. We pride ourselves on running a prestigious, good looking fleet and the latest addition certainly fits the bill,” he added.