While the focus has been absolutely on electric commuter cars in contempo years, manufacturers are now advancing about to the abstraction of electric and amalgam vans – abnormally as regulations about-face to animate businesses to use zero-emissions cartage for last-mile deliveries in cities.
Already accessible are the brand of the LDV EV80, Nissan e-NV200, Renault Kangoo Z.E. and Renault Master Z.E., while Ford has launched a plug-in amalgam Transit and Mitsubishi offers a commercial version of its Outlander PHEV constituent amalgam SUV.
With anytime added cities planning to acquaint low-emissions zones in the advancing years, vans like these are set to become added and added important to businesses that appetite to accumulate alive in burghal areas.
If you’re a business owner, or run a van for circadian errands, you could save a affluence by switching to electric. And as technology develops, electric vans’ ambit and payloads are improving, too.
Here’s a briefing of some of the best important models that accept launched in the accomplished 12 months, or are aloof about to launch…
The PSA Group – parent aggregation of Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall – is ablution electric versions of all its mid-size vans in 2020. Citroen’s is alleged the e-Dispatch and will action a best of two batteries: 50kWh for a 143-mile range, or 75kWh for a 205-mile range.
As with the diesel-engined Dispatch, there’ll be a array of anatomy lengths to action adaptability in agreement of burden and accustomed capacity. Citroen says the electric Dispatch will action bigger abundance compared to the diesel, with “limited babble or vibration” acknowledgment to the electric powertrain.
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The beyond Citroen Relay and its PSA ancestors are additionally accepting electric conversions. The e-Relay will be congenital at a branch in Val di Sangro in Italy, with the electric about-face agitated out by Citroen’s accomplice BD Auto.
It’ll be offered in ‘L1’ and ‘L3’ bodystyles, with the closing featuring a best wheelbase and greater cargo-carrying capacity. Citroen says the L1 adaptation will biking 141 afar on a charge, and the L3 will manage 169 miles. However, these abstracts were affected beneath the now-discontinued NEDC testing process, so it charcoal to be apparent how they’ll get on in real-world conditions.
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A sister archetypal to the Citroen e-Relay aloft and Peugeot e-Boxer below, the e-Ducato was appear in July 2019, afore the alliance amid Citroen and Peugeot’s ancestor PSA and Fiat’s ancestor FCA came about.
Fiat says the Ducato Electric will be offered in the aforementioned ambit of anatomy variants as the agent equivalent, with bulk volumes from 10 to 17 cubic metres and a best burden of 1,950kg. Its motor will aftermath aloof over 120bhp, while a ambit of array sizes will action ranges from 136 to 223 afar (albeit affected application the old NEDC analysis method).
Read added about the Fiat e-Ducato
The Coventry-based, Chinese-owned London Electric Vehicle Aggregation – which additionally builds the electric London Taxi – is planning to acquaint a new constituent amalgam electric van alleged the VN5, with the name referencing its five-cubic-metre bulk capacity.
It’ll use a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol agent from sister aggregation Volvo, as able-bodied as an added electric motor to ability the rear wheels. The aforementioned arrangement can be begin in the accepted LEVC taxi, and the aforementioned pure-electric ambit of 80 afar is promised here.
Initially, the van will be accessible in aloof one anatomy style: a approved medium-sized console van with ‘barn doors’ at the rear and a sliding aperture on the side. However, LEVC hasn’t disqualified out altered variants in future.
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The E Deliver 3 was aboriginal apparent at CV Show in 2019 as the LDV EV30, but afterward LDV’s rebrand to Maxus earlier in 2020, the van has been renamed. A abate analogue to the company’s EV80, the zero-emission baby van comes in two anatomy lengths (short and continued wheelbase) alms drivers adaptability in agreement of burden and accustomed capacity.
The van additionally appear with a best of two array sizes: 52.5kWh (which offers up to 149 miles from a allegation in the short-wheelbase model, or 142 in the long-wheelbase) and 35kWh, which gives abbreviate and long-wheelbase ranges of 98 and 93 miles respectively. The van is accessible to adjustment now, with prices starting at £24,000 afore VAT, but afterwards the government constituent van admission has been deducted.
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The eSprinter is basically a beyond adaptation of the eVito below. It uses a 113bhp motor and 55kWh array for a claimed ambit of up to 96 miles, with the advantage of either 20kW or 80kW DC charging; the closing can allegation from 10 to 80% in bisected an hour. There’s alone one trim akin accessible to accumulate things simple, but accepted kit includes a acrimonious driver’s seat, DAB radio and a ambit of advantageous alive assurance systems.
Maximum gross weight is 3,500kg and best bulk aggregate is 11 cubic metres; top acceleration is bound to 75mph as accepted but this can be bargain to 50mph as an option.
Read our abounding analysis of the Mercedes eSprinter
The eVito will accept a ambit of 93 afar on a distinct charge, which Mercedes says is acceptable for mainly burghal assignment – decidedly for drivers or companies that complete planned, alternating routes on a approved basis. It starts at aloof beneath £32,000 in the UK, already the government constituent van admission has been deducted.
A 41kWh array food ability for the 113bhp electric motor, which has the aforementioned ability achievement as the entry-level agent Vito. The array can be absolutely recharged in six hours from a wallbox charger.
Read our abounding analysis of the Mercedes eVito
The Nissan e-NV200 was one of the aboriginal commercially accessible baby electric vans, and now its architect has teamed up with about-face aggregation the Bevan Group to action an continued ‘XL’ adaptation for operators who charge added burden volume.
The addendum can be activated to any e-NV200, acclimated or new, and owners can access the Bevan Group themselves or liaise through their Nissan dealer. Prices for a aboriginal XL-converted e-NV200 alpha at £29,955 additional VAT.
Read added about the Nissan e-NV200 XL Voltia
Sister archetypal to the Citroen e-Relay and Fiat Ducato Electric above, the e-Boxer is addition ample electric van on the way in 2020. As with those vans, an exact UK bulk for the Boxer Electric will be accepted afterpiece to its on-sale date.
No abstruse accommodation accept been appear at this stage, but as the e-Boxer shares its platform with the Relay Electric, a agnate ambit bulk of about 170 miles on the now-defunct NEDC ability tests can expected, advice a real-world bulk in the arena of 120-130 miles.
The e-Expert is Peugeot’s agnate to the Citroen e-Dispatch added up this account and the Vauxhall Vivaro-e added down. Like them, it goes on auction in 2020 and comes with a best of two array sizes, so buyers can prioritise ambit or accustomed accommodation as needed.
Its 50 or 75kWh array packs will give a ambit of 143 or 205 afar respectively. With either pack, the e-Expert and its sister models accept the aforementioned bulk of bulk amplitude as their diesel-engined sister models.
Read added about the Peugeot e-Expert
Hot on the heels of its Corsa-e electric commuter car, Vauxhall is ablution a Vivaro-e electric van in 2020. It’s identical beneath the metal to the Citroen e-Dispatch and Peugeot e-Expert above, with the aforementioned best of 50 and 75kWh batteries for a 143 or 205-mile active range.
Vauxhall has additionally mooted the achievability of a adventurous ‘VXR’ adaptation of the Vivaro-e, which initially would affection alone beheld upgrades such as ample admixture auto and a bodykit, but could eventually entail a ability upgrade, too.
Read added about the Vauxhall Vivaro-e
The e-Crafter competes in the aforementioned class as the Renault Master Z.E. and LDV EV80. This class is set to get actual active in the advancing months with the accession of added models on this account like the Mercedes eSprinter, Fiat Ducato Electric, Peugeot e-Boxer and Citroen e-Relay.
Volkswagen is biding its time a little with the e-Crafter, however, with UK sales not due to alpha until mid-2021. The ample van uses the aforementioned powertrain as the e-Golf commuter hatchback, which agency a 134bhp ability output, a 107-mile ambit and a five-hour recharge time back application a 7.2kW wallbox charger.
Read our abounding analysis of the Volkswagen e-Crafter
In 2019, Volkswagen appear a two electric vans at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany. The e-Caddy and e-Transporter are electric versions of the accepted van, developed in affiliation with Formula E racing aggregation and Volkswagen Group affability specialist ABT.
The Volkswagen e-Caddy won’t be advancing to the UK; it’s based on the previous-generation van and hasn’t been engineered for right-hand-drive markets. The e-Transporter, which will use the recently-updated T6.1 van as a base, joins the agency during 2020.
The e-Transporter looks abundant like the accepted agent version. ABT has appear a brace of array packs – either 37kWh or 75kWh – although initially UK examples will alone be accessible with the former, acceptance a real-world active ambit of 82 miles. There electric arrangement has no affect on bulk space, and scalable array technology agency added capacities can be included.