MTA 2021 winner Clean Van

Emma Rowland, sales director of Transport News publisher Road Transport Media, hands over the award to Simon Bunn, UK aftersales manager (holding trophy) and Mike Haran, Maxus fleet account manager (second left) at Harris Automotive Group, with host Alexander Armstrong (far left)

It was an exciting year in 2020 for MAXUS – not only did it rebrand from its original LDV moniker in April, but there was the launch of two new electric commercial vehicles: the e DELIVER 3 and the e DELIVER 9.

The e DELIVER 9 is a large new-platform electric vehicle in two size options. It offers a range up to 219 miles on a single charge and operates with a high-power 150kW motor. This zero-emission van has three battery options – 51.5kWh, 72kWh and 88.55kWh – with various battery cooling methods to reduce charging time (a DC charger will boost batteries from 5% to 80% capacity in just 45 minutes), as well as extending battery life and increasing operating range.

The new model is rated at 3,500kg, or an optional 4,050kg, with payloads of up to 1,700kg

MAXUS offers a number of e DELIVER 9 variants, including crew cab, chassis and minibus models. A network of specialist converters can create a bespoke van to cater for operations including refrigeration and specialist cargo.

A touchscreen-enabled infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto means that drivers can stay connected on the road.

The e DELIVER 9 starts from £55,000 (ex-VAT) with a government electric vehicle grant, making it one of the best-value large all-electric vans on the market.

Each vehicle comes with a five-year services commitment, including a

five-year warranty and roadside assist as standard.

MAXUS is distributed by Warrington-based Harris Automotive Distributors and is supported by a strong UK dealership network. It also offers a business advice service for those operators looking to go electric.

Our judges said: “A very capable product with good range and impressive payload. The entry showed strong dealer network support for operators.”

“We’re 18 months ahead of the curve; the other manufacturers have got a long way to go to catch up”

Mike Haran, Maxus fleet account manager, Harris Automotive Group