Luxembourg, 4 October 2017 – SAIC Mobility Europe, a division of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer, SAIC, has been formally established in Luxembourg.

SAIC Mobility Europe starts its European activities with the introduction of the Maxus light commercial vehicle brand. The Maxus EV80 van has become the first fully electric large panel van on European roads, ahead of the brand’s full launch in 2019.

The Maxus EV80 is being made available to over 200 major fleet operators in Europe that are interested in reducing their carbon footprint and vehicle operating costs by running zero emissions vehicles. It is available initially to fleets in France, Germany, Austria and Benelux, with other markets to follow soon.

Maxus is the first established commercial vehicle manufacturer to introduce a fully electric large panel van to Europe’s roads. The demand for fully electric light commercial vehicles in Europe is set to rise significantly as many cities across the continent implement strategies to significantly reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. This is increasingly resulting in the imposition of severe restrictions or financial charges on conventionally-powered vehicles entering low- or zero-emissions zones.

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The panel van features a cargo area length of 3300 mm, width of 1770 mm and height of 1710 mm, resulting in a total volume of 10.2 m3, accessible through wide-opening rear and side doors. The maximum payload capacity is 950 kg. The chassis cab is similarly competitive in its capabilities and also boasts a maximum towing mass of 750 kg.

With a range of 200km and charging time of just two hours, the Maxus EV80 is expected to be perfectly suited to businesses with typical usage cycles that incorporate predominantly urban routes. Maxus offers a three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a battery warranty of five years or 100,000 km.

The two EV80 variants feature a competitive level of standard specification, including (depending on variant) rear parking sensors, air conditioning, and heated electrically adjustable side mirrors.

German fleet operator, Maske Fleet GmbH, is the first to offer the Maxus EV80 to fleet customers. It is offering 200 of the large panel vans from its sites in 10 cities in Germany – Hamburg, Bremen, Hannover, Berlin, Dortmund, Cologne, Ruesselsheim, Leipzig, Nuernburg and Munich – as well as its site in Vienna, Austria.

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