Maxus e Deliver 3 review

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Introduction

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Maxus might be a name you’re familiar with, but there's a good chance you might not be: if you’re in the latter camp, it is a moniker that adorned a variety of van models from LDV over the years but which has now been selected by new Chinese owners SAIC as the lead name for the rebranded company.

SAIC’s investment in Maxus has been considerable since it took over the LDV name, launching the LDV V80 and LDV EV80 while also promising a pipeline of new models that are set to come in future years.

The Maxus e Deliver 3 is one such new van, a re-titled version of the LDV EV30 city van that was first shown at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show. It’s an all-electric city van that stands out immediately for being a cross between a small van and a medium one.

The Maxus e Deliver 3 is available in two wheelbase lengths and comes in two body sizes, but there is just one height option. The thing that separates it out from its rivals is that it has quite ungainly proportions – not quite in the realms of the Nissan eNV200, but it is not as long and slightly higher than most medium-sized vans.

There are two battery sizes available so buyers have the choice of extending the range, which peaks at up to 151 miles.

As electric vehicles have become increasingly part of the mainstream, so their styling has been toned down over the years, so it is unusual to see an electric vehicle, especially a van, styled in a futuristic manner like the Deliver 3. Nevertheless, its plastic moulded wings and bonnet are a blessing for accident-prone van drivers.

The Maxus e Deliver 3 competes with small vans such as the Renault Kangoo ZE, Peugeot e-Partner and Citroen e-Berlingo, as well as mid-sized models that include the Volkswagen ABT eTransporter, Mercedes-Benz eVito and Vauxhall Vivaro-e

 

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