The Fiat E-Scudo is an impressive electric truck capable of driving on the highway as well as in the city. It’s comfortable, efficient, and offers the same amount of cargo space as its diesel counterpart. However, the same is true for the mechanically identical models of Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota.
The Fiat Scudo is back. After a brief hiatus for nameplates, the Italian brand adopted it for a new nameplate, medium size truck. Of course, commercial vehicles are provided with a lot diesel oil electric Factory. However, they are combined with an all-electric version: the Fiat E-Scudo.
It uses the same running equipment as its electric Stellantis team Citroen E-Dispatchthe Peugeot’s electronics specialist and Vauxhall Vivaro-eas Electric Toyota Proace. That means under the bonnet is a 134hp electric motor powering the front wheels, powered by a battery pack located under the cargo floor.
Powered by a 50kWh battery, the E-Scudo will cover up to 141 miles on a single charge, and prices start at just under £36,000 (excluding VAT). Upgrading to a larger 75kWh battery pack adds around £4,000 to the price tag, but this also increases the range to 202 miles in standard wheelbase form. Thankfully, E-Scudo qualifies for government Van Grant plug-inhelps reduce the price gap between it and the diesel versions.
The E-Scudo also has the same 100kW fast charging speed as its mechanically identical Stellantis siblings. A 0-80% charge time for a 50kWh E-Scudo will take 32 minutes, while a larger 75kWh battery needs 45 minutes for the same charge. If you use the 7.4kW wall box for recharging at home or work, it will take over seven hours to fully replenish the 50kWh battery and over 11 hours to do the same for the 75kWh unit. You can increase the E-Scudo’s AC charging capacity to 11kW if you need to cut that time, but of course you’ll need access to a suitably faster AC charging point.
There are only two trim levels for E-Scudo: Tecnico and Business. Before that, you get a laminated negative windshield, all-steel baffles, storage space under the front bench, double sliding doors and 16-inch alloy wheels. Upgrading to the Business spec adds a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, body-colored front bumper, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. safety kit such as road sign recognition and blind spot assist.
There’s no change in roof height for the E-Scudo, which is almost 1.9 meters tall, but you can opt for a standard bodywork and a long wheelbase and load-carrying capacity unaffected by the electrics. behind. Cargo weight is 5.3 cubic meters for the SWB model and 6.1 for the LWB version.
Both the ICE and BEV Scudos also come standard with load-bearing bulkheads for carrying longer items like pipes or wooden planks if you don’t have any passengers with you. Plus, there’s some extra storage space underneath the front bench seat and the center seat can flip down to use as a desk when you need to work with your laptop or tablet. . On top of the double sliding doors, the barn-style rear doors can open up to 180 degrees.
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The E-Scudo has a maximum payload capacity of 1,002kg to 1,226kg, depending on the wheelbase and model you choose, and a maximum towing capacity of one ton across the range. Both numbers are down in price compared to comparable diesel options.
The fact that this is an improved version of the Vauxhall Vivaro-e, and all others, is clearly visible from the outside and in the cabin. Behind the wheel is the same set of analog dials, with an energy meter instead of the rev counter, combined with a seven-inch central infotainment touchscreen in the top-spec model. the top that we tested. Fiat now fits fully digital driver displays and up to 10-inch central touchscreens for its larger Ducato vans, and the E-Scudo feels a bit behind the times. .
But on the other hand, the large physical climate controls and other buttons are easy to use on the go, and the cabin often feels like it should be able to withstand pretty much anything you throw at it. Plus, overall cabin space is good, with the only real draw being the compartment for the drive mode selector and transmission eating into intermediate passenger legroom – a common problem in the class. medium valve.
Our first ride on the E-Scudo took place around Turin, Italy, with 300kg of cargo in the back. We spent most of our time on the highway where the zero-emissions van felt refined and comfortable. The car-like driving position certainly helped with this, as did the adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat. Although, without the radio, we still noticed a high-pitched whine from the electric motor quite often.
The engine at least delivers plenty of power to easily hit a top speed of 80mph, even in Normal mode. Eco mode reduces throttle response and limits power output to the point where you’re forced to press the throttle harder to get to normal speed, which doesn’t extend the valve’s operating range by any means. how. Meanwhile, Power mode gives you the full 134bhp to the touch, but can be set before the E-Scudo is fully loaded.
We also kept the E-Scudo in ‘B’ mode for strong regenerative braking most of our driving, which is great around town when stop-traffic starts in Turin, and means is that we only see minimal range loss when city miles are included. You have to use the brakes frequently to come to a complete stop because the regen isn’t powerful enough to steer a single pedal, but the transition between the two is at least very smooth.
The E-Scudo’s visibility is also very good, and the handlebars are light enough to easily maneuver in tight spaces and parking lots. Thankfully, it doesn’t feel so light that the E-Scudo becomes difficult to place accurately at high speeds.
|Model:||Fiat E-Scudo Van SWB 75kWh Business|
|Price:||From £42,150 (excluding VAT and plug-in truck allowance)|
|Drive system:||75kWh battery, 134bhp . electric motor|
|Transmission process:||Single-speed automatic, front-wheel drive|
|WLTP scope:||197 miles|
|Cargo volume:||5.3 cubic meters|