22 April 2021
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Fiat reveals new 100% electric E-Ducato

Fiat Professional chose the 51st Earth Day, 22nd April, 2021 to unveil its E-Ducato, the first 100 percent zero-emissions electric Ducato, at a web conference hosted by Massimo Temporelli, a university lecturer and passionate teacher of science. The web conference included linked up to several Stellantis and DHL managers, including Eric Laforge, Head of LCV Enlarged Europe at Stellantis and Alberto Nobis, CEO of DHL EXPRESS Europe, who discussed the collaboration between the two companies to produce the new model.

The web conference began with the history of the Ducato, celebrating its 40th year on the market in 2021 and confirmation as one of the market leaders and constant progress to become the best-selling commercial vehicle – all segments included – in Europe in 2020. Ducato has become known as a household name as the most popular motorhome base vehicle and the best-selling vehicle in its class for the 6th year running as a result of a history of constant product developments to anticipate customer requirements.

In the words of Eric Laforge: “For the E-Ducato, we started from the idea of creating not only a “green” vehicle, but also a complete mobility solution, characterized by versatility, reliability, efficiency and sustainability (at both an environmental and an economic level): in short, a working tool to build up your business while respecting the precepts of ecology, a model ready for every mission, uncompromisingly aiming to be the benchmark in the market and to be equipped with the same capabilities as vehicles with internal combustion engines. Its 400 configurations mean it can meet the needs of all professional operators, from freight fleets and construction companies to artisans and municipal service providers.”

The configuration of the electrics show that the E-Ducato has been modeled around customers’ requirements. Courtesy of its original, uncompromising “all-forward” architecture, with no bulk at the bottom of the chassis and ample distance between the side rails, the new model’s batteries are optimally placed under the floor, leaving intact a load capacity that ranges from 10 to 17 cc in volume and almost two tonnes of weight. Other obvious advantages are the optimal distribution of weight and the lowering of the center of gravity, to improve the vehicle’s handling under all load conditions.

The E-Ducato can achieve equivalent performance to diesel versions, courtesy of an electric motor with maximum torque of 280 NM delivering up to 90 kW of power (approximately 122 hp) and 0-50 km/h acceleration in 5 seconds.

The E-Ducato is also fitted with a series of modular solutions, starting with two different battery blocks – 47 kWh and 79 kWh, best-in-class for installed electrical capacity, and four types of charging modes, 3 of which are available at launch.

With a 47-kWh battery, the E-Ducato can travel up to 170 km (105 miles) in the WLTP cycle and up to 235 km (146 miles) in the urban cycle. With a 79-kWh battery, the distances increase to 280 km (173 miles) in the WLTP cycle, equivalent to 370 km (230 miles) in the urban cycle. It takes no longer than half an hour to charge up enough to drive 100 km (62 miles).

The batteries have a warranty for 10 years or 220,000 km (136,700 miles) on the 79-kWh version, or 8 years/160,000 km (100,000 miles) on the 47-kWh model.

In terms of flexibility, to meet such a wide and diverse range of needs, the E-Ducato also offers the Drive Mode Selector: in “Normal” position, it ensures the ideal balance between performance and costs, or it can be set to “Eco” mode to save energy. When a really heavy load needs to be carried or the vehicle is facing a demanding ascent, the right choice is “Power” mode.

The E-Ducato has another two features to provide drivers with safeguard drivers’ peace of mind:

  • “Turtle Mode”, similar to the battery saver function on a mobile phone, which is activated automatically when the battery is low and limits vehicle performance, to make the battery last 8-10% longer.
  • “Recovery Mode”, making the E-Ducato the only electric vehicle that never stops. In fact, if one battery module does not work, the others take its place to make sure it can keep going.

All in all, the model’s flexibility, its best-in-class specs and its reliability should guarantee its residual market value.

Maintenance costs for the E-Ducato should be about 40 percent lower than a vehicle with a conventional engine. Its total cost of ownership (TCO) in its main missions can therefore be expected to be in line with the diesel versions: a great result, making the vehicle sustainable not only from an environmental perspective, but also an economic one, providing a business-oriented solution.

In Italy, the E-Ducato is priced from €42,700 + VAT with a trade-in. Included in the price is the Top Care by Mopar program, including routine maintenance and a warranty extension to 5 years or 120,000 km (75,000 miles).

With the E-Ducato, it is possible to achieve parity of Total Cost of Ownership (taking into account current incentive conditions and current market rates) compared to a comparable diesel vehicle in just 48 months, based on usage of 20,000 km (12,000 miles) per year.

Underlying the highly competitive performance of the E-Ducato are five years of real-world data collection through a partnership with DHL. This has taken the form of 4,000 connected vehicles that uploaded data for one year, when the vehicles traveled over 50 million kilometers, in all driving, loading and weather conditions. The work was carried out at fast pace, in very close collaboration with customers representative of different types of delivery and professional mission, to identify bespoke solutions from the prototype phase onwards, not only specifically but most of all in the real world, based on the needs of individual customers.

In the quest for a partner offering the best value, Stellantis began a tight-knit collaboration in 2016 with DHL, a world leader in international freight transport, highly specialized in its field, strongly oriented towards innovation and experiencing real growth, down to the e-commerce boom.

This partnership has given rise to a virtuous circle with the possibility of a focus on the E-Ducato, starting from DHL’s real-world missions, and to project them into a context of sustainable electric mobility. In the words of Alberto Nobis, CEO of DHL EXPRESS Europe: “We firmly believe that the future of last-mile logistics is electric. To achieve our objective of connecting people and improving their lives, we are committed to becoming greener and cleaner in what we do every single day. By adding E-Ducatos to our fleet, we will take the next big step in reaching our goal of electrifying most of our last-mile delivery by 2030. We’ve found what we were looking for in Fiat Professional: state-of-the-art technology and powerful batteries that will enable us to travel until 200 km (124 miles) on a single charge, to get to our customers quickly while respecting the environment.”

For Eric Laforge, Head of LCV Enlarged Europe at Stellantis, the E-Ducato project is a journey towards innovation and the future: “We’re proud that a player as important as DHL Express has chosen the E-Ducato as part of such an ambitious goal. With the E-Ducato, our task was not only to develop a sustainable product from both an economic and environmental perspective, but most of all to provide a complete mobility solution for our partners.”

Great importance was given to the wide range of functions that can be activated “remotely”, including My:Fleet Manager, the new fleet management service, six months of which are included in the price of the vehicle as a special promotion for the E-Ducato. Using a web-based platform, fleet managers will be able to keep the main variables for each unit in the fleet under control in real time, including mileage, location and updates on maintenance, charging schedule and much more. All this with the aim of improving fleet efficiency and productivity, reducing costs, preventing risks, and ensuring the safety of both the vehicle and the driver.

On top of that, the inclusion of Mopar® Connect as standard on all E-Ducatos provides a wide range of other services, such as assistance in the event of an accident or breakdown (the telematics box, which detects the vehicle’s location, ensures prompt, targeted service 24/7). If the vehicle is stolen, the system can locate it and prevent it from being restarted, to make it easier to find. The Uconnect LIVE mobile app means you can check whether you have closed the doors, find where you’ve parked it and receive an alert if the vehicle is moved from its previous location or exceeds a preset speed limit.

The Uconnect LIVE mobile app also includes a wide range of other features, such as my:Car, providing remote control of battery level or tire pressure, as well as monthly vehicle health reports. There is also the my:Journey service, to view and manage all vehicle movements, and the my:eCharge pack, developed specifically for the E-Ducato, to plan charging, find, use and pay for public charge points and manage charging from your connected Wallbox