The Best Electric Vans For Your Business
If you're ready to ditch the diesel, we've put together a list of the best electric vans available to help you decide which is right for you.
If you drive a van regularly, have you considered switching to an electric van? With emissions under the spotlight and many city centres introducing stricter clean air zones, the demand for electric vans is growing rapidly.
With new models launching each year from all the top manufacturers, electric and hybrid vans are improving all the time. You can now choose from the best small electric vans for short urban routes or large electric vans for a larger payload.
So, if you are ready to ditch the diesel, we've put together a list of the best electric vans available to help you decide which is right for you.
Best small electric vans
The first small electric van to launch was the Renault Kangoo ZE, and since then, Renault has continued to dominate the small van sector along with Nissan. However, there are also small electric vans available from Peugeot and Citroen, and other electric models on the way soon from Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen and Vauxhall. Here are the three best small electric vans on the market.
Since it first came onto the market in 2006, the Renault Kangoo ZE has been one of Europe's best-selling small electric vans and the most cost-efficient way to own an electric van. It uses an upgraded battery pack and motor from the Renault Zoe to give it a driving range of up to 120 miles. While it may have a new name — the Kangoo E-Tech — its interiors are disappointingly drab and would benefit from a much-needed update. Read the full review.
- Average purchase price: Starting from £26,000
- Driving range: 143 miles
- Load volume: 3.4-4.6 cubic meters
- Payload: 605-640kg
The Renault Zoe is one of the smallest electric vans available in the UK. Given that it's essentially just Renault's Zoe car with the back seats removed, it has a tiny load space. But what it lacks in space it certainly makes up for when it comes to the van's driving range. The Zoe van offers a satisfying, comfortable and quiet drive. You'll almost forget you were driving a van. Read the full review.
- Average purchase price: Starting from £26,450
- Driving range: 239-245 miles
- Load volume: 1.0 cubic metres
- Payload: 435-457kg
Citroen's e-Berlingo aims to set the standard for small EV vans. As usual with Citroen EVs, the e-Berlingo offers three driving modes - 'ECO', 'Normal' and 'Power'. You won't want to spend too long in 'ECO', unless you really are eeking out battery capacity because it reduces the powertrain's normal 134bhp output to just 80bhp and also restricts the climate system to conserve power. Read our full review.
- Average purchase price: Starting from £28,500
- Driving range: 130 miles
- Load volume: 3.3m3-3.9m3
- Payload: 803kg-751kg
Best large electric vans
Large electric vans are still relatively new to the market due to the challenges of providing plenty of payloads combined with a good driving range. But competition among manufacturers is beginning to heat up, especially for 2022 with the launch of the Ford E-Transit, Peugeot e-Boxer, Citroen e-Relay and the Vauxhall Movano-e. Here is our pick of the best large electric vans on the market.
Ford has re-imagined what a large full-battery van should be and come up with this, the E-Transit, which sets a fresh segment benchmark. There's a choice of two motors, both derived from the one used in the Mustang Mach-E. The lower-powered unit offers 184PS: the higher one 269PS, massively more than any other van on sale. Also borrowed from the Mach-E is the 68kWh battery pack, which offers a combined and class-leading range of 197 miles. If your business has been waiting for a large full-electric LCV that really adds up, that day may have arrived. Read the full review.
- Average purchase price: Starting from £49,000
- Driving range: 166-196 miles
- Load volume: 10.0-17.0 cubic meters
- Payload: max payload of. 2,090kgs
If you are looking for a quality and attractive large electric van, you won't go far wrong with the Mercedes eSprinter. While initially, it may seem similar to the Mercedes eVito, it is actually much bigger and a lot better. Aside from its more generous size, the sSptinter offers rapid charging. There's only one body size, but it can move 1,045kg and transport up to 11m3. Read the full review.
- Average purchase price: Starting from £51,950
- Driving range: 82 miles
- Payload: 731kg
- Load volume: 11.0 cubic metres
Renault Master E-Tech
Renault's all-electric Master E-Tech van uses much of the same technology you'd find in the Renault Kangoo ZE. However, while it only delivers a driving range of 75 miles per charge, it does offer plenty of payload and a wide choice of body styles, including dropsides, tippers, Lutons, box and panel vans. Read the full review.
- Average purchase price: Starting from £54,900
- Driving range: 75 miles
- Payload: 925-1,425kg
- Load volume: 8.0-13.0 cubic metres
Not only are electric vans better for the environment, but they are also cheaper to run and maintain, and are much simpler to drive.
If you are ready to make the switch and invest in an electric van for your business, you'll find a huge choice of large and small electric vans. Once you've got your new electric van, our dedicated electric vehicle breakdown cover will give you extra peace of mind.