A new lifestyle electric ute priced under $A40,000 has been officially launched in China. It’s the 2023 Radar RD6 that is owned by Geely Auto, the same company that owns Volvo Cars, Polestar and Lotus brands globally.
The Radar RD6 ute will be offered in 4 variants and starts at the equivalent of $A37,600 for the base model. That’s on par with many internal combustion engine (ICE) dual-cab utes.
The next version up has a bigger battery with a greater range and is priced at $A41,800. There is also a premium version of this variant which is priced at $A48,070 AUD. The top of the range offers the biggest battery and comes in at $A56,500.
Up to 500 km of expected WLTP range
The top-of-the-range variant comes with a 100kWh battery pack. This pack can deliver up to 632 km of range on the NDEC test cycle. Based on that, it’s expected to have a WLTP range of around 500 km.
For some comparison, the 2022 Ford F150 Lightning has a 98kWh battery pack in its standard range model while the extended range battery pack tops out at 131 kWh.
The Radar RD6 base model comes with a smaller 63kWh battery pack. This battery can provide up to 400 km of NEDC range. In real-world conditions, we expect it to be more like 300km of range which is still plenty for an average daily commute in Australia.
200 kW of power and packed with safety
The Radar RD6 offers a good amount of power and acceleration. The 200 kW motor offers plenty of power and can accelerate the ute from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.
Image: Radar Auto
The Radar RD6 also offers driver assistance and safety features which include:
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
- Rear Collision Warning
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
The cross-traffic alert system is helpful given the length that comes with the ute tray. The dimensions of the ute are:
- 5,260 mm in length
- 1,900 mm in width
- 1,830 mm in height
- 3,120 mm in wheelbase
To top that off, vehicle-to-load technology is also on offer for camping or operating power tools (could even charge a laptop) on site.
Electric utes are here
The Driven’s view: The argument that electric utes are still years away doesn’t stand true anymore. With recent announcements by LDV in Australia and now the launch of more lifestyle utes like the Radar RD6 in other markets, it won’t be long before EV utes land here.
We’ll have the first EV ute in the market before the end of the year. With diesel prices soaring, there are thousands of ute owners ready to make the switch to cleaner, cheaper and more functional utes – which electric utes really are.
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