Electric Van Guide

Electric vans are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with approximately 1,500 registrations in 2017 and double-digit sales growth consistently over the past 5 years. Choosing which one is best is getting more difficult each year with the wider choice, but our Electric Van Guide should help you decided which is best for you and your business.

Electric Vans – are they worth it?

Electric vans offer huge benefits for certain operators. They’re cheap to run (lower tax rates, lower cost per mile, less parts to service/repair, etc.), eco-friendly, they’re compliant with the ULEZ (Ultra-Low Emission Zone) and other emission zones, they’re a lot quieter and there’s instant torque – perfect for transporting heavy loads.

However, it’s not all good news. The biggest of these is range anxiety; electric charging points aren’t as plentiful as fuel stations (around 6,500 in the UK) and the ranges are a lot lower. If you do run out of charge, you can’t simply get a friend to nip to the local garage with a jerry can either – a special callout is required to recharge.

Other disadvantages include the amount of time to recharge (up to 8 hours on standard chargers), the purchase price, the residual values and the fact that batteries lose range performance over time.

Citroen Berlingo Electric

Citroen Berlingo Electric van
Citroen Berlingo Electric van

The Citroen Berlingo Electric is available in both short (3.3 cubic metres) and long wheelbase (3.7 cubic metres) forms, offering maximum load lengths of 1,800mm and 2,050mm respectively. The 106-mile range is the lowest of any electric small van, although it is very competitively priced at £22,022.80 plus VAT after the Plug-In Vehicle Grant.

Battery type: 22.5kWh Lithium Ion

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 49kW (67hp) / 200Nm

Range: 106 miles

Payload: up to 552kg

Load volume: 3.3 – 3.7 cubic metres

Iveco Daily Electric

Iveco Daily Electric van
Iveco Daily Electric van

Iveco was one of the early pioneers of the electric van segment and has been producing an electric version of the Daily since 2010, which originally came with a 21kWh battery. Since then, Iveco’s electric capabilities have gone from strength-the-strength and the latest version has a capacity of 28.2kWh, but you are able to have up to three batteries.

Battery type: 28.2kWh Sodium Nickel Chloride

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 80kW (107hp) / 300Nm

Range: up to 125 miles

Payload: up to 1,652kg (5.0t variants)

Load volume: 7.3 – 19.6 cubic metres

LDV EV80

LDV eV80 electric van
LDV eV80 electric van

The LDV EV80 offers the longest range of any large electric LCV at 127 miles and is available as both a panel van and chassis cab. LDV’s parent company, SAIC, is taking the lead on electric vehicles in China, and its 56kWh battery pack is one of the largest of any van, but it’s still moderately priced at £42,000 plus VAT after the PIVG.

Battery type: 56kWh Ferric Sulphate Lithium

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 92kW (123hp) / 320Nm

Range: 127 miles

Payload: up to 950kg

Load volume: 6.4 – 11.6 cubic metres

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

Daimler has been experimenting with electric vans for decades, but it looks set to intensify next year with the rollout of the new eSprinter and eVito. The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter comes with the choice of a three- or four-battery pack option, corresponding to capacities of 41.4kWh and 55.2kWh respectively.

Battery type: 55.2kWh Lithium Ion

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 84kW (113hp) / 300Nm

Range: 96 miles

Payload: up to 1,040kg

Load volume: 10.5 cubic metres

Mercedes-Benz eVito

Mercedes-Benz eVito
Mercedes-Benz eVito

The Mercedes-Benz eVito uses the same 84kW electric motor as its larger sibling, however, is only available with three battery packs (the eSprinter has the option of an extra pack). The eVito is available in both long and extra-long wheelbase forms (load volumes of 6.0 and 6.6 cubic metres) and a payload of up to 1,073kg.

Battery type: 41.4kWh Lithium Ion

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 84kW (113hp) / 300Nm

Range: 93 miles

Payload: up to 1,073kg

Load volumes: 6.0 – 6.6 cubic metres

Nissan eNV200

Nissan eNV200 panel van
Nissan eNV200 panel van

The Nissan eNV200 is the UK’s and Europe’s best-selling electric van, thanks to its low asking price (starting as low as £19,116 plus VAT) and excellent range (174 miles). The eNV200 was upgraded in 2018, to a new 40kWh battery and an 80kW (109hp) electric motor.

Battery type: 40kWh Lithium Ion

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 80kW (109hp) / 254Nm

Range: 174 miles

Payload: 705kg

Load volume: 4.2 cubic metres

Peugeot Partner Electric

Peugeot Partner Electric
Peugeot Partner Electric

As with the Citroen Berlingo Electric, the electric version of the Peugeot Partner is based on the previous generation model, although Peugeot is reassuring customers that there is enough supply to meet demand until electric versions go into production in late 2019.

Battery type: 22.5kWh Lithium Ion

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 49kW (67hp) / 200Nm

Range: 106 miles

Payload: up to 552kg

Load volume: 3.3 – 3.7 cubic metres

Renault Kangoo ZE

Renault Kangoo ZE
Renault Kangoo ZE

After the eNV200, the Renault Kangoo ZE is the second-best selling electric van in Europe. Like its Nissan-badged sibling, the Kangoo ZE was upgraded last year with a 33kWh battery; increasing the range to 170 miles. Renault list the Kangoo ZE for less than £14,119 plus VAT, if you choose to rent the battery from £50 per month.

Battery type: 33kWh Lithium Ion

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 44kW (60hp) / 225Nm

Range: 170 miles

Payload: up to 640kg

Load volume: 3.2 – 4.2 cubic metres

Renault Master ZE

Renault Master ZE
Renault Master ZE

The Renault Master ZE officially hit the UK marketplace in November 2018 and is available in a choice of three wheelbases and two roof heights. The Master uses the same 33kWh battery pack as the Kangoo ZE, but due to its heavy chassis and more powerful 75hp motor, means the range is more restricted at 124 miles.

Battery type: 33kWh Lithium Ion

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 57kW (75hp) / 225Nm

Range: 124 miles

Payload: up to 1,128kg

Load volume: 9.0 – 18.0 cubic metres

Volkswagen eCrafter

Volkswagen eCrafter
Volkswagen eCrafter

The Volkswagen eCrafter was announced at the 2016 IAA Show, and it finally hit the market this year. While large electric vans tend to compromise on either performance, range or productivity, the eCrafter offers a powerful output (134hp/290Nm), a good payload (1,750kg) and a modest range (up to 107 miles).

Battery type: 35.8kWh Lithium Ion

Charging cable: 16A, Type 2

Performance: 100kW (134hp) / 290Nm

Range: 107 miles

Payload: up to 1,750kg

Load volume: 10.7 cubic metres

Also read: New Vans Coming Soon

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