2023 LDV eT60 Electric Car – Double Cab EV Beats Ranger and HiLux to Zero Emissions Punch

The eT60 is expensive. Surprisingly expensive. The single variant that will initially arrive in Australia carries a price before on-road costs of $92,990.

To put that into perspective, its specs are on par with the “Pro” combustion version of the base model, which now carries a price tag of $43,148.

Do the math. You could literally have two T60 Max Pros for the same price as one of these electric versions, given the latter’s price premium of $49,842.

To make matters worse, the eT60 is rear-wheel-drive only and, with its nearly 90kWh battery, only offers 330km of range, and that’s without being charged.

That price is confusing for more than one reason, though. For starters, 90 kWh of batteries certainly doesn’t cost nearly $50,000 (if you take the average price of a lithium battery per kWh in 2022, the battery should cost closer to $20,000).

The eT60 is rear-wheel drive only. (Image: Tom White)

In fact, even the Mercedes-Benz Vito electric van with a similarly sized battery costs $85,353 before road charges.

To that you could argue a lot of things, but perhaps the most salient point is the fact that large company commercial fleets with zero emissions goals are apparently being forced to pay given that the eT60 has become the only zero emissions option in the ute space.

Standard equipment is mostly shared with the Pro grade of the combustion-powered T60, but there are some real quirks.

Good things include 17-inch alloy wheels and a slick 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay connectivity, synthetic leather interior trim with six-way power adjustment for front passengers, LED DRLs and a sports bar on top, which itself has a pre-applied spray-on tub liner and side steps for easy entry and exit.

Inside is a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay connectivity.  (Image: Tom White) Inside is a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen with Apple CarPlay connectivity. (Image: Tom White)

A big bonus is the 220V household power socket in the rear of the center console, which can be used to power tools and charge devices.

Then things get a little weird. For example, it’s the only all-electric car I’ve ever driven that has turn-key ignition (as opposed to a push-start system).

It also has an analog dial cluster, plastic steering wheel with no telescoping adjustment, halogen headlights (in 2022, really?), manual handbrake, and the example we drove didn’t even have a speed of dedicated parking lot. To get out of the vehicle, you leave it running or in neutral, pull the handbrake and turn it off. Very strange.

There are some welcome items here, and it’s also nice that despite LDV’s focus on commercial buyers, the eT60 is a crew cab, so you can use it for more than just hauling stuff, but there are just a few things (the lack of one park amenity in particular) that make it feel a bit pieced together on a tight budget. Tough for a vehicle that costs close to $100,000.

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