Unique battery technology keeps Fiat Professional’s E-Ducato electric van on the road
New technology allows the E-Ducato to continue the journey even if one of its battery modules drop out
The new Fiat E-Ducato light commercial vehicle (LCV) features innovative battery architecture. Developed by Fiat’s professional engineers, the fully electric van’s ‘Recovery Mode’ is an industry-first feature that characterises the unique parallel batteries’ set-up.
This technology allows the E-Ducato to continue the journey even if one of its battery modules drop out. If one of the battery modules drop out in the E-Ducato, then the other modules automatically pick up the slack so the van can continue its journey.
The E-Ducato has three or five battery modules depending on the size of the battery fitted. The 47Wh and 79kWh batteries used in the E-Ducato both come with ‘Recovery Mode’ as standard. Connecting the batteries in parallel means that the current flow cannot stop because the current is taken from each individual battery.
Kickstarting the Fiat brand’s foray into 100 percent electric vehicles, the E-Ducato has a range of between 113 (182km) and 230 miles (370km) depending on the variant. The 47kWh battery version powers a 90kW motor, provides a maximum power of 90kW (equivalent to 122 horsepower) and maximum torque of 280Nm at 12,000rpm.
The E-Ducato has a top speed of 62mph (100kph) and accelerates from 0-30mph (0-48kph) in under six seconds. It has an impressive charging time of just two hours and 25 minutes, enabling businesses to recharge and get back on the road in the quickest time possible. The 47kWh battery is available with AC or DC charging capability.
The 79kWh battery is matched to the same 90kW motor and receives the same power and torque outputs as the 47kWh battery version. The larger battery provides a longer range of up to 230 miles (370km). E-Ducato with the 79kWh battery takes just four hours to charge from zero to 100 percent and is also available with AC or DC charging capability.
As a zero-emissions electric vehicle, the E-Ducato is congestion charge and ULEZ-exempt, making it the perfect tool for businesses in both urban and suburban environments. Like its internal combustion engine counterparts, the E-Ducato has a payload of up to 1,950kg and maintains the same volumes of between 10m3 and 17m3. Prices for the E-Ducato start from £47,675.