New bigger electric van from MAXUS

The SAIC-owned MAXUS range of full electric vans has been expanded with the addition of the eDELIVER 9. A larger sibling to the existing eDELIVER 3, the new van is available in medium- and long-wheelbase versions, providing 9.7cu m and 11.0cu m of load space respectively, placing it in the same territory as the likes of the Ford Transit. With a GVW rated at 3,500kg, and an option of 4,050kg, the van claims a payload up 1,700kg.

Its motor is rated at 70kW, with a peak output of 150kW, and 350Nm. Three battery options, 51.5kWh, 72.0kWh and 88.6kWh are offered, claiming a range of up to 219 miles. Fast DC charging, providing 80% of capacity in 45 minutes, and five-hour AC mode, are available.

A range of variants including crew cab, chassis and minibus models are available, together with a variety of specialist conversions. With the government electric vehicle grant, eDELIVER 9 prices start from £55,000 (ex-VAT), and it’s available to order now with short delivery times.

MAXUS, and its sister LDV brand are distributed in all UK and European right-hand drive markets by the Dublin-based Harris Group. Sales of the LDV V80 and EV80, which pre-date the June 2020 rebranding to MAXUS, continue in parallel, albeit with some differences in their technology.

Mark Barrett, general manager of Harris Maxus, said “Despite its challenges, 2020 has represented a new era for MAXUS in which we can offer our customers even more variety in terms of zero emission commercial vehicles. The eDELIVER 9, as the bigger more powerful of our EVs, is the big brother to the eDELIVER 3, so our MAXUS family is expanding at pace with a chassis variant to arrive in Q2 2021.

“The eDELIVER 9, a complete new platform, perfectly illustrates MAXUS’ focus on diversification, customisation and reputation. Everything about this van is of superior quality and showcases what we at MAXUS are all about. We want to make choosing an electric vehicle as easy as possible for customers, whether they are shopping for one vehicle or an entire fleet for their business. The eDELIVER 9 has it all in terms of spec, space and is 100% electric.”

Volvo Used Truck director appointed

Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland has appointed a new used truck director with effect from 1 January. 49-year old Carl White has been promoted from national sales and brand manager, a position he has held since 2014, and which handles in excess of 2,000 used vehicles annually. He will assume responsibility for retailing used trucks under the Volvo Selected, Volvo Approved and Volvo Economy schemes through the Volvo Trucks network of manufacturer and privately owned dealerships, as well as older and higher mileage vehicles through the Ely-based Trade and Export Trucks division.

White’s previous experience in used trucks dates back to 1990 when he joined BRS, before it was acquired by Volvo Group in 1998. White comments “Volvo Used Trucks is an integral part of the business and I’m excited to have this opportunity to lead the team. We have worked incredibly hard to ensure we set the standard for used trucks; from quality of vehicle preparation to manufacturer-backed warranties that are second-to-none. I’m focused on ensuring we maintain these high standards and continue to build on the many added-value benefits we offer our customers.”

White replaces Phil Wilkes, who will continue in a transition support role until the end of March, when he will retire after 23 years with Volvo Group.