Toyota has announced European specifications for its first electric panel van – the new Proace and Proace Verso Electric, which will soon be available in the UK.
Both vans are mechanically identical to the Peugeot e-Expert and Citroen e-Dispatch and share the same platform, battery packs and an identical electric motor system. The entry-level Toyota Proace Electric compact is powered by a 50 kWh battery pack that offers a maximum range of 143 miles. A longer range version with a 75 kWh cell can reach 205 miles on a full charge.
Both battery versions of the van support 100kW DC fast charging. The 50 kWh battery can be charged to 80 percent in around 32 minutes, while the larger device takes around 48 minutes to reach the same charge level.
All models also come standard with a 7.4 kW single-phase onboard charger and six meter long Type 2 cable, although a faster 11 kW onboard charger is available as an option. The van electrical system is also compatible with a 32A wallbox charger.
The electric motor mounted on the front axle has a maximum output of 134 HP and 260 Nm, which can be set to either 80 HP and 190 Nm or 107 HP and 210 Nm by selecting the driving modes Eco or Normal.
With its strongest setting, the Proace Electric can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 13.1 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 81 km / h.
Compact, medium and long versions of the van are available. The smallest variant has a maximum loading volume of 4.6 cubic meters and can transport objects up to 2.16 meters long. With Toyota’s optional Smart Cargo system, however, these values increase to 5.1 cubic meters and 3.32 meters.
The medium version has a maximum volume of 5.3 cubic meters, while the long version can hold 6.1 cubic meters. The optional Smart Cargo system also improves both values by 0.5 cubic meters. The payload is one ton for all versions.
Toyota has not yet confirmed details of the Proace Electric’s UK lineup, but the European lineup consists of the Base, Comfort and Comfort Plus trim levels.
Comfortable vans will be equipped as standard with air conditioning, a seven-inch infotainment system and a 3.5-inch screen for the instrument cluster to display information such as the battery charge level and remaining range.
Each model comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense package, which adds elements such as a pre-collision system and pedestrian detection. Buyers can also choose from a range of optional extras, such as front and rear parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system, and a 180-degree rear-view camera.
Toyota will also launch a range of Proace Verso electric vehicles with varying numbers of seats and equipment. A launch in the UK has not yet been confirmed.
The Proace Verso Electric Combi minibus is joined by the Proace Verso Electric Shuttle, which is designed less for commercial use than for private transport. It offers nine seats, automatic headlights, fog lights, bumpers painted in body color, rear sight protection windows and electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors.
Buyers get the same seven-inch infotainment system as the panel van, though Toyota now offers a few more optional extras to aid the system, such as an eight-speaker stereo. Rear air conditioning can also be selected.
There is also a model called the Proace Verso Electric Family. It has an eight-seat arrangement with sliding and removable rear seats. The rear seats are also distributed in a ratio of 60:40 across both rows, while the passengers in the second row have folding tables mounted on the front seat backrests. All six rear seats also receive Isofix child seat anchors.
At the top of the line-up is the Proace Verso Electric VIP. Designed as an executive shuttle, it has heated front seats, rotatable captain-style rear seats and a folding rear table. Other standard equipment includes puddle lighting, keyless entry and start, rear parking sensors and electrically operated rear sliding doors that can be remotely controlled using either the key fob or the buttons on the dashboard.
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