Thinking of buying an electric vans? Here is an article on a range of current and upcoming vans you may consider purchasing. Will they live up to their expectations or come with some unexpected downfalls?
The electric vans market is growing whether you want it to or not. The options are becoming a lot less limited where you can choose from small, medium or larger vans that will all help the emissions in our environment. With the growing concern for pollution in our planet, manufacturers are creating ways to enter the van market in an eco-friendly manner. Becoming electric is a massive and positive step towards this.
Owning an electric van is becoming a popular trend as you take another step towards saving the planet. They may not be the correct solution for you personally, however we will look into a number of current and upcoming vans that you may consider purchasing depending on their value for money and suitability.
Benefits of electric vans
- Very eco-friendly – whilst out and about electric vans will produce little/no CO2 emissions meaning over the years the impact on the environment will improve considerably.
- Running costs – the running costs should be typically cheaper than fuelling a diesel van however, an electric van would come with other problems such as charging time and convenience with longer journeys (see drawbacks below).
- Brand image – if you are a business you will be seen as socially conscious as you take matters such as the planet seriously. If you consider Amazon, they are starting to use electric vans for deliveries and this went down very well in the public eye.
Drawbacks of electric vans
- Charging time – this is something that varies depending on which van you buy but realistically it will take longer to charge an electric van than it would to refuel a regular van. A home charging station can usually give you a complete recharge overnight.
- Driving range – this is a very big issue if you are a long-haul van driver. Electric vans have only the charge in them and when it runs out you have to recharge all over again. Electric vans are coming with longer driving range in them as improvements are made to suit a wide range of van drivers.
- Charging convenience – when you run out of charge it is very problematic but not only do you have to recharge, you have to find a place on your journey to recharge and this is a lot harder than you would think.
A hybrid is where the van runs off fuel and electric, both supporting each other throughout the drive for an eco-friendlier approach to driving. The Ford Transit Van was adapted in 2018 in order to produce a plug-in hybrid that is available for purchase now. It is one of the only hybrid vans available on the market and is able to deliver 30 miles of electric only driving. This will eventually run out but, the petrol engine will kick in for an improved driving experience.
What’s available now?
This van is an updated version of the L1 Electric Partner where there is a somewhat larger load area and it is longer in length. This is an attempt to boost sales past their competitors for example, the Nissan e-NV200. The Peugeot Partner Electric is named the joint-best value electric van alongside the Citroen Berlingo and with an almost effortless drive we can see why.
- Retail base price (exc. VAT) £16,269
- Load volume 3.7 m3
- Maximum payload 552 kg
- Driving range 106 miles
- Charging time 80% charge in 30 minutes
- Maximum torque 200 Nm
- MORE INFO ON THE PEUGEOT PARTNER ELECTRIC L2
The LDV EV80 is an electric version of the LDV V80 large van. The EV80’s electric motor is rated at 320Nm torque which is only slightly less than the V80 engine providing 330Nm. However, the EV80 is much nicer to drive and performs very well with its quieter engine and comfortable driving position.
- Retail base price (exc. VAT) £60,000
- Driving range 127 miles
- Charging time 80% charge in 1 hour 30 mins/full recharge in 2 hours
- Maximum payload 950 kg
- Load volume 10.2 m3
- MORE INFO ON THE LDV EV80
This van is a fully electric version of the Renault Master and is one of the first mainstream large electric vans, beating the new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. This van brings lower costs, high payloads and zero emissions, meaning Renault has a very clean and successful brand image.
- Basic Retail Price (exc. VAT) £55,000
- Driving range 120 miles
- Charging time 6 hours (7kW Wallbox)
- Maximum payload 1,128 kg
- Load volume 8-13 m3
- Maximum torque 225 Nm
- MORE INFORMATION ON THE RENAULT MASTER ZE
The Nissan e-NV200 is the bestselling electric van in Europe across 2016 and 2017 with the UK being its biggest market. The van is the electric version of the successful NV200 but the driving range and load volume is increased, boosting efficiency. As a small van this is a very good choice when it comes down to driving range and payload.
- Basic retail price (exc. VAT) £20,005
- Driving range 174 miles
- Charging time 7 hours and 30 minutes (32-amp Wallbox)
- Maximum payload 705 kg
- Load volume 4.2 m3
- MORE INFO ON THE NISSAN E-NV200
What’s coming in the future?
- Mercedes-Benz eVito Long:
This electric van is based off the Mercedes Vito that was released in 2015 and went on sale in 2019. However, the UK allocation sold out and buyers now have to wait until 2020 to get their hands on this fully electric van.
- Basic retail price (exc. VAT) £35,000
- Driving range 93 miles
- Charging time 6 hours/80% charge in 45 minutes with a rapid charger
- Load volume 6 m3
- Maximum payload 1,073 kg
- Volkswagen eTransporter:
Volkswagen has the team at ABT to help turn their popular medium Transporter van into a long-wheelbase electric van. The two choices of battery, one or two packs, allow you to pick between payload or range – whatever matters to you more.
- Basic retail price (exc. VAT) No prices available yet
- Driving range 134 miles (single battery)
- Maximum payload 1,186 kg (single battery)
- Charging time 80% charge in 49 minutes (quotation)
- Load volume 6.7 m3
- Maximum torque 220 Nm
- Fiat Ducato Electric:
Available for pre-order at the end of 2019, Fiat has created its first all-electric van which is modernised from the familiar Ducato. Fiat have promised a match of payload to its diesel version with a wide range of body styles to accompany it. Fiat state that there is “no trade-off in terms of load and performance”.
- Basic retail price (exc. VAT) No prices available yet
- Maximum torque 280 Nm
- Driving range Up to 223 miles
- Charging time 62 miles in 1 hour of charge (times not available yet)
- Maximum payload 1,950 kg (based off diesel version as it will match this)
- LDV EV30 LWB:
LDV are creating an electric van with no diesel option at all. The EV30 is a purpose built small/medium sized electric van designed with unusual aluminium monocoque construction. This successful brand will be introducing this electric van to its increasing van range around April 2020.
- Basic retail price (exc. VAT) £30,000 (approximately)
- Driving range 127 (smaller battery size)
- Charging time 4-7 hours/80% charge in 40 minutes with rapid charger
- Maximum payload Up to 1,000 kg
- Load volume 6.3 m3
Electric vans are coming to change the market completely and buyers will become very interested in what’s to offer when they learn more about the environmental situation. Even if it costs manufactures or buyers more, the investment might be worth it in the long run if it helps save the planet from harmful emissions. Lots of popular businesses are hopping on the trend so why don’t you? Start thinking about an eco-friendlier world.