Best electric vans

Electric vans are charging forward. Read our guide to the best electric vans

BuyaCar team
Jul 26, 2022

If you drive a van on a regular basis, perhaps it comes with your job, you might be considering whether it's time to jump to an electric van. As much as 70% of van users drive less than 62 miles a day, according to research from Renault, so we've come up with a list of options that ought to cater for that demographic.

A 62-mile range is well within the realms of most electric vans. So as long as you have somewhere to charge one at night, a zero emissions, cheap to run electric van might make more sense than you'd initially thought.

Electric range does fluctuate quite significantly depending on how you use your van though. Colder weather, the amount you carry in the back, even the type of journey you make can all have an effect on your vehicles range, so a generous pinch of salt is needed when you start looking into that range figure.

Then there's the money aspect. Electric vans are far more expensive than their petrol or diesel powered counterparts. While charging a van up from empty in the evening outside your home costs around only £1.50, and you’d need to spend at least ten times that to get 100 miles of diesel. So there's something of a paradox here - you need to cover more miles to justify the initial cost, but you're limited somewhat by the range.

Payloads, in general, are unaffected by the switch to electricity too. For instance, the Nissan e-NV200 (which takes the bronze in this list) has the same cargo volume as the standard NV200 diesel, but can actually hold a heavier payload (770kg electric 730kg diesel).

Best electric vans

1. Renault Kangoo ZE

Best electric van for all-round capability

Loadspace 3,000l - 4,000l
Payload 650kg
Used deals from £15,000
Monthly finance from £0*

Renault claims that the Kangoo ZE would be a feasible purchase for 85% of current Kangoo customers, as they cover less than the range of the Kangoo ZE in a day.

The Kangoo ZE is powered by a 33kWh lithium-ion battery, but as with all electric cars, its range can vary dramatically depending on the weather, how you drive and how much stuff you've got in the back, so you could find the need to charge every day if you're particularly hard on your Kangoo. Quick charging ensures a full charge will only take six hours as long as you have access to a fast charger. Use a regular three pin plug, though, it’ll take around 20 hours. Yikes.

The latest version arrived in 2022, and uses a 45kWh battery which is smaller than the one found in the Zoe (and Zoe Van). Renault claims a 186-mile range for this model, but something more like 150 should be more reasonable, unless you push it hard on high-speed roads.

2. Renault Master ZE

Best electric van for delivery drivers with large packages

Loadspace 8,000l - 17,000l
Payload 1,000-1,750kg
Used deals Limited stock

Renault’s ZE electric panel van is based on the popular Master van, but instead of an engine up front, there’s a battery pack that essentially sits where the gearbox is on the regular Master. This means it’s just as big and as easy to use as a regular Master for day-to-day tasks.

There are two roof heights, three wheelbases, and it comes with a five-year/60,000 mile battery warranty and a three-year/100,000 mile vehicle warranty.

In the real world, the Renault Master ZE will cover anywhere from 36 to 114 miles on a single charge. This variance is again down to how you use it, while the smaller models will also fair slightly better. If you go for a new 2022-on model, its 52kWh battery (taken straight out of the Zoe) should be able to do 126 miles.

3. Nissan e-NV200

Best electric van for range

Loadspace Up to 4,300l
Payload 542-703kg
Used deals from £15,675
Monthly finance from £0*

The Nissan e-NV200 received a larger more powerful battery in 2018, which boosted the official range from 106 miles to 174 miles. That makes a huge difference for the van-driver in an urban environment, scurrying around built up areas in near silence.

The Nissan is also one of the first vans to be tested by a new WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure) efficiency standard. This is designed to give more representative real-world range of electric vehicles. In this testing, motorway mileage works out at 125 miles per charge, and city driving works out to 188 miles.

It’s also available as seven-seater called the Combi, aimed at those who need to transport people rather than boxes.

4. Citroen e-Berlingo

Best electric van for fast charging

Loadsapce 3,300l
Payload 636kg
Used deals Limited stock

The Berlingo is an adaptable van that’s rugged, and doesn’t mind grafting. Inside it’s basic and hard wearing, and it’s good value too. Overall, an all-round solid effort.

And it comes with rapid charging as standard, unlike the Renault Kangoo ZE and Nissan e-NV200. It can achieve an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes with an appropriate rapid charger, which are popping up more frequently around the UK. Its range isn’t quite as good as the Renault or Nissan above, but for day to day use for most people it wouldn’t make too much of a difference.

5. Peugeot e-Partner

Best electric van for adaptability

Loadspace 3,700l - 4,100l
Payload 552kg - 636kg
Used deals Limited stock

The Partner is available in two lengths - L1 and L2. Loading is easy, with asymmetric rear doors opening up to 180 degrees, and a nearside sliding side door as standard. It also has a load volume from 3.3m3, load length between 1.8m (L1) and 2.05m(L2) and payload up to 636kg.

Up front, there are three seats and lots of different cubbyholes. The left-hand side passenger seat can be folded away entirely, and the middle seat can be folded flat and used as a desk as it has an inbuilt writing panel. It can also be bought as a Peugeot Partner Teepee, which is a five seat model.

6. Mercedes eVito

Best electric van for emissions-free deliveries in style

Loadspace 6,000l - 6,600l
Payload 890kg - 905kg
Used deals from £21,599
Monthly finance from £245*

The first thing you'll notice about the Mercedes e-Vito is just how expensive it is considering it's just a small panel van. That being said, it does offer more load space than the majority of its rivals, although maximum payload is par for the course.

It's available in two forms, a shorter L2 and a longer L3 - these offer the most when it comes to load space and payload. In terms of range, Mercedes claim the e-Vito is capable of reaching up to 91-92 miles per charge, which is going to be strongly dependant on how much weight you're hauling.

As this is a Mercedes, there's plenty of quality and tech to go around. The interior is well equipped with a digital radio featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, while there's also a reversing camera if you ever need to park in hard to reach places.

7. Volkswagen eCrafter

Best electric van for a premium German badge

Load space 11,000l
Payload 975kg - 1720kg

The electric version of the Crafter was available for a while in Germany before it eventually came over to the UK, and is designed to take on the electric version of the Mercedes Sprinter.

It uses Volkswagen's older battery tech from the previous-generation e-Golf, rather than more up-to-date parts from the company's ID range. That means a small 35.8kWh battery pack that's good for around 100 miles, and a 136hp electric motor that's been slightly tweaked to deal with the van's added weight.

Top speed is limited to 56mph, which makes it better suited to town and city environments where it will be more efficient, anyway.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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