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Toyota reveals specs for electric Proace van

Toyota has announced European specs for its fully electric Proace van, due on sale later this year.

The Proace Electric will be available as a panel van in Compact, Medium and Long body lengths, as well as a crew cab and platform cab, and the Proace Verso Electric in selected markets

Bringing a range of up to 330km (205 miles), the Proace will be the brand’s first electric van and will be joined by the Proace City at the end of this year.

The sister van to the Peugeot e-Expert and Citroen e-Dispatch, the Proace Electric has already gone on sale in Norway, Netherlands and Switzerland, and is now arriving in markets including the UK. A number of markets will also get the Proace Verso Electric people carrier version.

The Proace Electric will be available as a panel van in Compact, Medium and Long body lengths, as well as a crew cab and platform cab.

Depending on the model, there will be a choice of 50 and 75kWh lithium-ion battery options, giving driving ranges of up to 230 and 330km (143 and 205 miles) respectively, backed by an eight-year/160,000km warranty. Both batteries can be specified for medium and long vehicle lengths, while the compact model solely uses the 50kWh battery.

The batteries power a front-mounted electric motor and drivers have access to three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Power. Power mode gives up to 136hp with a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) acceleration time of 13.1 seconds and electronically limited top speed of 130km/h (81 miles).

Both battery versions can be charged at rates up to 100kW DC, giving an 80% charge in around 32 minutes for the 50kW battery and 48 minutes for the 75kW battery.

They also come with a 7.4kW single-phase onboard charger and a 6m Type 2 cable for connection to a home charging socket, plus the option of a 7m Type 2 cable for connection to a 32A wallbox system. A faster 11kW tri-phased onboard charger can also be specified.

The battery is located entirely beneath the vehicle floor and Toyota says there is no impact on the Proace’s load capacity, while payload and towing capacity remain the same as conventional Proace models. The Proace Electric comes with a standard one-tonne payload and towing capacity, which can be optionally increased to 1.275 tonnes for the smaller battery.

The Proace Compact Electric has a load volume of 4.6m3 and flat floor loading length of 2.16m, which can be extended to 5.1m3 and 3.32m with the Smart Cargo system. For the Medium version, load capacity is 5.3 or 5.8m3 with the Smart Cargo System, which increases overall load length to 3,674mm.

The Long version has a load volume of 6.1m3, rising to 6.6m3 with Smart Cargo and a maximum load length of 4.03m. On the Medium and Long panel vans, the sliding side door openings are wide enough for standard-size Euro pallets to be loaded.

Three trim levels will be offered in Europe –  Base, Comfort and Comfort Plus – which align with the standard models but add in a number of EV-specific features.

The Comfort specification includes manual air con, power-adjustable heated door mirrors, a seven-inch touchscreen with display audio, DAB radio reception, Aux-in and USB sockets, under-seat storage box/tool kit and an optional rear-view camera. The driver’s seat has an armrest and is height-adjustable and with adjustable lumbar support. The load area has two lights and a 12V power outlet, with two further power sockets in the cabin.

Comfort Plus models gain body-coloured bumpers and door handles, front and rear parking sensors with Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and 16-inch steel wheels with full covers. Keyless entry and automatic air conditioning are also provided. The multimedia package provides smartphone connectivity using Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, DAB and optional satellite navigation.

All versions are available with a Toyota Safety Sense package of active safety and driver assistance systems, including a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection.

The Proace also gets EV-specific instrumentation and an electric parking brake as standard, operated using a switch mounted between the front seats.

Prices are yet to be announced.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.