Maxus launches first electric pickup for UK market

Whilst the likes of Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan each have grand electric pickup designs in the pipeline, it is Chinese firm Maxus that has pipped them to the post when it comes to getting a vehicle on the market.

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Launching the first fully electric pickup for the UK, the T90EV is based on its combustion engine counterpart, the standard T90.

Power comes from an 89kWh battery and a rear-mounted 201hp electric motor, making this truck a rear-wheel-drive. Despite this, the makers claim it is still perfectly capable both off and on roads, and should manage a range of a little under 200 miles.  

In what may be a deal breaker for some, the Maxus has a payload of 740kg, meaning it falls short of the one tonne minimum requirement for commercial vehicle status in the UK.

Prices and further details are being kept under wraps for now, but orderbooks are expected to open from August.

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