During the media event dedicated to the new Ducato MY2020, Fiat Professional gave the world its very first glimpse of the Ducato Electric – an all-electric BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) version – which will go on sale in 2020.
The new Ducato continues along an evolutionary path that has never stopped for almost forty years, with excellent performance, a strong focus on TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and the best vehicle to support the different needs of every professional mission.
This same thinking underlines the Ducato Electric, the first full-electric Fiat Professional model, designed and developed according to the FCA Group’s most advanced quality standards. The Ducato Electric has been developed using a year’s worth of customer data in relation to the real use of their vehicles, confirming that more than 25% of the market already has a “BEV Attitude” and therefore ready and waiting for a mobility change.
Professionals working in specific business areas are well placed to be early adopters of this technology, considering the growth in online commerce, postal and courier services, home deliveries, local transport, and the widespread need to access to city centres.
The customers already interested in electric mobility today are the same ones who, due to their specific mission types and give particular importance to TCO. The Ducato Electric is being developed alongside the customer, through pilot projects involving large companies, to identify all specific uses and demands which in turn assists with individual customisation and configuration.
With this approach, Fiat Professional intends to offer complete electric mobility solutions, based on the study of energy needs, able not only to cover every single mission but also to offer solutions ranging from vehicles to infrastructures, not forgetting any aspect of the world of services increasingly required by today’s new, constantly evolving mobility scenarios.
So as well as offering a complete range of versions, Ducato Electric will also feature modular battery size options, with range from 136 to 223 miles (NEDC cycle) and different charging configurations . All combined with impressive performances: speed limited to 62mph to optimise energy use, maximum power of 90 kW and maximum torque of 280 Nm. The new electric powerplant does not penalise the Ducato’s strong point: best-in-class load volumes from 10 to 17 m3, and a payload of up to 1,950 kg, the best in its category.
All in all, Fiat Professional has effectively exploited its technological heritage and experience to develop the electric version of its best seller, meeting the needs of every professional user and delivering innovation, performance and flexibility, working in line with the Ducato mantra of “more technology, more efficiency, more value” to offer customers the “zero emissions” version of the most efficient, versatile van on the market.
The new Ducato Electric is a vehicle with no half-measures: 100% Ducato, 100% Electric. It will therefore be Fiat Professional’s key product in the field of electric mobility, and especially in the transition now under way from the traditional “choice of vehicle” to a “choice of mobility” based on specific working and business factors, as the purchase decision switches from Total Cost of Ownership to Total Cost of Mobility.