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Electric ute now on sale, but will it be able to handle Australian farming conditions?

The first electric ute to be commercially available in Australia has arrived and is on a tour showing the nation what it can do. 

Chinese manufacturer LDV’s eT60 is being showcased by climate campaigning organisation Solar Citizens as part of a push for tighter regulation on vehicle emissions.

There are companies in Australia that convert diesel utes or trucks to electric but until now there has not been a purpose-built electric ute available domestically.

The dual-cab, two-wheel drive ute has a 330-kilometre range and a one-tonne towing capacity.

It will sell for $92,990 plus on-road costs, which is about double the price of the top diesel equivalent.

Ben White, a research engineer from the Kondinin Group, which tests farm technology and machinery, said it was “great” to see the EV arrive, but suspects its specs will limit sales in the agricultural sector.

“I think that most cockies would be looking for a four-wheel drive,” he said.

“We want to be able to drive through the paddocks, we want to be able to check stock, we want to be able to carry loads to and from town, so it comes back to that equivalence and being able to do that job we need it to do.”

This ute may not be ideally suited to Australian farming conditions, but it’s arrival is being celebrated as a step forward.(Supplied: LDV)

‘Feels like a normal ute’

Solar Citizens regional clean transport organiser Ben Lever said having an electric ute on Australian roads was a big step forward.