The Iveco eDaily van is the latest in a long line of electric Iveco vans dating back more than a decade.
However, this version is significantly more up to date and uses larger and better batteries with a full range of body sizes to compliment the existing Iveco Daily range.
There are new chemistry batteries, with a large usable capacity. They are bigger and matched to a more powerful motor too. There's also driving modes, and a power boost function. The eDaily is a complete overhaul of how Iveco does electric vans.
Visually it remains the same as the diesel van with the exception of its front grille where the charging points are located.
The Iveco badge has been redesigned for the eDaily with an E to mimic the appearance of a plug. Iveco says it's lighter and more agile - we presume they mean the design and not the actual badge.
The zero-emission Iveco eDaily is available at up to 7.2 tonnes GVW enabling a 4.6-tonne payload and 3.5-tonne towing capability. You can also have one as a 3.5-tonne van, 4.25-tonne or 5.2-tonne electric van.
Panel vans have a load volume of up to 20m3 and there are crew cab, chassis van and minibus body variants as well as single-wheel and twin-wheel versions. In what Iveco promises is the most complete range of any large electric van currently on the market, the Iveco eDaily gets a full range of height and wheelbase options.
Underlining its versatility and flexibility, there's also alternative rear axle ratios on the 50C and 72C versions - something which no other manufacturer is offering. Iveco’s new Air-Pro pneumatic suspension is also be an option.
Power comes from a 140kW motor producing 400Nm of torque, with its speed limited to 75mph. But it's not quite as straight forward as that, because those are peak power numbers.
The 140kW eMotor equates to 188hp but this is only available for a maximum of two minutes. There's even less power if you have just one battery with only 100kW (134hp) and 300Nm as the peak.
The continuous power rating for the Iveco eDaily is a much more restrained 90kW, the equivalent of 121hp. There's also just 220Nm of continuous torque.
What happens if you press the throttle hard is that the motor engages its Hi-Power function to give the eDaily a boost in power and torque up to those peak numbers.
With the help of a Driving Mode Selector you can demand more power or keep the van in sensible more efficient modes.
There is a choice of three different battery size options, each using a 37kWh module that claims to have best in class usable energy. That means of the 37kWh of the battery 35kWh are usable.
What that means is that you have can your Iveco daily with one to three battery packs depending on the size of the van you go for. Regular 3.5-tonne vans get the option of one or two batteries. That gives you either 37kWh or 74kWh. Stepping up to a 4.25-tonne Iveco eDaily gets you the option of adding a third battery pack. The 4.25-tonne van can therefore have 37kWh, 74kWh or 111kWh batteries.
If you need an even larger more capable eDaily there are also 5.2-tonne and 7.2-tonne variants. These models only get the two or three battery module options.
Iveco eDaily batteries are supported by an 8-year and 250,000km battery warranty. The batteries in the eDaily are Lithium Nickel Cobalt Manganese. These are said to have a higher energy density and are more tolerant of deeper discharges. This has lead to the 95% usable capacity of the 37kWh battery.
Each time you add a battery you're adding more weight to the eDaily. Because more batteries means larger vans there's also the additional weight of the vehicle to factor in. That means there's no hard and fast rule about how far the 37kWh battery will take you.
The 3.5-tonne Iveco eDaily with a single battery has a claimed range of 120km. That's 75 miles. Add a second battery and the range increases to 235km (146 miles).
The 4.25 tonne Iveco eDaily with a single battery has a claimed range of 110km (68 miles). A second battery will give you 200km (124 miles) of range. The third battery increases the eDaily range to 300km or 186 miles. The largest possible range for the Iveco eDaily is using the three batteries in a 4.25-tonne van where you will get 186 miles. Iveco goes so far as to say that in urban conditions the 4.25-tonne van can achieve 400km or 249 miles.
For the 5.25-tonne van the two-battery option gives you 185km (115 miles) and the three-battery option claims 260km (162 miles).
The 7.2-tonne van has a range of 120km (75 miles) for the two-battery option and 180km (112 miles) for the three battery van.
The eDaily is be capable of taking fast charging at 80kW which should be enough to add up to 62 miles (100km) of range in 30 minutes. It also has a connected system allowing the remote control of charging operations and pre-conditioning of the vehicle temperature when connected to the charging socket.
A range of ePTOs of up to 15kW is available in order to power fridge units, cranes or other items including an aerial platform which was on display using an eDaily 50C12E with 24.7m Palfinger platform. The ePTO can also function if the eDaily’s eMotor is turned off, if connected to a power supply.
Yes, it most definitely does. There are in fact three different driving modes in the eDaily and three levels of regenerative braking.
Starting with the driving modes, using a rocker switch to the side of the gear lever, you can choose between Eco, Natural and Power settings. Eco prioritises range saving by giving you 80% of the continuous power available - roughly 100hp. It also prevents you entering the Hi-Power mode for the peak powers.
Natural gives you the normal amount of power, all 90kW, but limits how keenly it wants to engage the Hi-Power function, pausing at full power before boosting into the extra capacity to give you 140kW. Power allows the motor to seamlessly accelerate, calling upon all 140kW and 400Nm of torque for up to the two-minute maximum.
Regenerative braking in the Iveco eDialy is controlled using the gear shift selector. Simply push the lever to the side where there are three modes - Sailing, Standard Regenerative and One-Pedal Drive. Sailing is like any standard coasting mode in an electric vehicle. It nearly stops regenerative braking completely, return just the smallest amount of power to the battery. It lets you coast - as if you were in a neutral gear.
Standard mode is designed to mimic the engine braking of a diesel engine, so there's a good deal of braking and energy recovery. One Pedal Drive mode is where regenerative braking is increased to the maximum. With a bit of forward planning, it allows you to simply take your foot off the accelerator and have the electric van slow without the need to touch the brake pedal.
Iveco is known for its highly versatile range with vans that are up for the toughest jobs. They've tried to engineer that same ruggedness into the eDaily and they've managed it too.
The Iveco eDaily has a 3.5-tonne towing capacity.
The eDaily can also start on slopes with up to a 30% incline.
Turning circle for the eDaily is just 5.5m
The eDaily is much like the standard diesel Iveco Daily van but with a few differences.
The steering wheels are the standard thick-rimmed ones from the diesel. But directly ahead of that the information cluster has changed to give you much more data about the range and modes of the electric van.
The console is a bit too cluttered, but you are clearly told which mode you are in for the regenerative braking and there's simple PWR or ECO lettering that appears when you change the driving mode.
The Iveco eDaily interior is the upgraded cab with the Iveco Driver Pal - Iveco's version of an Amazon Alexa (in fact it is an Amazon Alex). You can find it mounted below the rear view mirror.
The eDaily also gets a touchscreen capable of smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On here you will find all the functionality of the standard van as well as remote controls for charging and scheduling. There's also uptime management features and energy consumption data as well as navigation and range forecasting.
The cabin itself is large and spacious with excellent visibility all around. The seats are comfortable and because Iveco has a heavy truck background there's always the option of an air-suspended driver's seat which improves the ride comfort.
Materials seem hard-wearing and there's a good amount of variety of the plastics used.
Read more in our Iveco Daily review
Customer orders for the eDaily have already began across Europe, with deliveries expected to start from the beginning of next year.
The UK will be one of the first markets to get the eDaily. Customers will be able to get the complete range from launch. There's no word on pricing yet, but Iveco says it hopes to be competitive to the Ford E-Transit.