volvo parent geely starts making $40,000 electric utes

Image: Radar Auto

Electric utes are all the buzz and it’s one EV segment where there aren’t any options currently available in Australia – yet. LDV has announced an electric ute for the local market but a new contender from Volvo parent Geely hints at a new wave of cheaper electric ute options.

Mass production and customer delivery of EV utes have seen many challenges by various brands across the world. 

That could be set to change with the production of the Geely-owned Radar Auto brand producing their first batch of Radar R6 utes this week.

Prices start at under $A39,000

Radar Auto launched back in July this year and within two months has already produced its first batch of EV utes with prices equivalent to $US25,240, under $A39,000 in Australian dollars. 

volvo parent geely starts making $40,000 electric utes

Image: CNC

This first batch will be delivered to customers in the fourth quarter of this year.

volvo parent geely starts making $40,000 electric utes

The production of the Radar R6 was first reported by cnevpost. The “frunk” equipped ute can be reserved by local customers for 199 RMB which is under $50 Australian dollars.

120kW DC fast-charging

The Radar R6 also has 120kW DC fast charging capability allowing it to add 120km range in 15 minutes. 

volvo parent geely starts making $40,000 electric utes

Image: CNC

It is available in 3 models with 350km, 550km and 600km on the CLTC cycle. This is more or less in line with the Australian NEDC rating so actual range would come in around 250-420km depending on payload and driving conditions.

Radar R6 nearly as long as a Ford Ranger

The dimensions of the ute have also been released today. Specifications show the R6 is 5.26 metres long, which is a bit shorter than the 5.36 metres that the very popular Ford Ranger offers. 

volvo parent geely starts making $40,000 electric utes

Image: CNC

It’s also slightly shorter than the LDV T60, the electric version of which is on its way to Australia soon.

EV ute production at scale could mean more choice for Australia

Popular models like the Ford F150 lightning and Rivian R1T are already in great demand. However, global supply chain issues have limited production numbers resulting in long queues.

volvo parent geely starts making $40,000 electric utes

With LDV’s announcement yesterday to bring 3 EVs to Australia in the next 12 months, including their LDV eT60, it opens the market for many more EV ute options in Australia.

volvo parent geely starts making $40,000 electric utes

LDV eT60 electric ute and eDeliver van. Source: LDV NZ

A company as large as Geely Automotive which owns brands like Polestar and Volvo cars is already supplying EVs to the Australian market. This makes it even more likely that we may see a similar EV ute by Geely like the Radar R6 hitting our shores in the next 24 months. 

This can only be a positive sign of what’s to come as the variety of EV segments increases. More Australians can experience the practicality and comfort that EVs offer. That’s also the news many business and government fleets need as they start the transition to cleaner fleets.  

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