May 06, 2021

Electric Vans: How Far Can You Go?

Electric Vans

Considering switching your van to an electric one but have a bit of ‘range anxiety’? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

In this quick guide, we’ve got all the information to put your mind at rest – discover which van will get you where, plus everything else you need to know about electric vans and their range.

Who’s making the switch and why?

Although a few years behind the car market, there’s been a revolution taking place in the van market. More and more businesses are turning to an all-electric fleet… and who can blame them? From lower running costs to Government incentives, electric vans can make a real difference to how much you’re spending to keep your business moving.

With manufacturers expanding their electric line-up every year, in addition to the UK growing the infrastructure to support EVs, owning an electric van is increasingly convenient and therefore appealing to a lot of businesses.

But here’s the real clincher: there’s still a way to go for some vans, but generally the electric range on modern EVs has also never been better.

Should I go from ‘glug’ to plug?

Although it’s true you won’t get as far on a full charge as you would with a full tank, most ranges available with today’s electric vans far surpass the miles covered in the average working day for many business types.

And even if you do need to factor in long-distance trips into your van’s routine, rapid public charging stations make it quick and simple to add more juice on the go.

Take a look at the stated ranges that popular electric vans on the market today offer:

Electric Van Van Size Range
 Renault Zoe Van  Car-derived van  245 miles WLTP
 Renault Kangoo ZE 33  Small van  143 miles WLTP
 Nissan e-NV200 40kWh  Small van  124 miles WLTP
 Citroen Berlingo Electric (old)  Small van  106 miles NEDC
 Peugeot Partner Electric (old)  Small van  106 miles NEDC
 Maxus eDeliver 3  Small van  Up to 150 miles WLTP*
 VW e-Caddy (cancelled for UK)  Small van  160 miles NEDC
 Citroen e-Berlingo (2021)  Small van  171 miles WLTP
 Peugeot e-Partner (2021)  Small van  171 miles WLTP
 Toyota Proace City electric (2021)  Small van  To be confirmed
 Vauxhall Combo-e (2021)  Small van  171 miles WLTP
 Renault Kangoo E-Tech (2022)  Small van  164 miles WLTP
 Mercedes-Benz eVito  Medium van  92 miles WLTP
 VW e-Transporter  Medium van  82 miles WLTP
 Vauxhall Vivaro-e  Medium van  143-205 miles WLTP*
 Citroen e-Dispatch  Medium van  148-211 miles WLTP*
 Peugeot e-Expert  Medium van  148-211 miles WLTP*
 Toyota Proace Electric (2021)  Medium van  To be confirmed
 Sokon / DFSK EC35 (TBC)  Medium van  138 miles
 Morris Commercial JE (2021)  Medium van  200 miles (untested claim)
 VW ID Buzz Cargo / ID.7 Cargo (2022)  Medium van  To be confirmed
 Ford E-Transit Custom (2023)  Medium van  To be confirmed
 Renault Master ZE  Large van  124 miles WLTP
 LDV EV80  Large van  127 miles NEDC
 Mercedes-Benz eSprinter  Large van  96 miles WLTP
 Maxus eDeliver 9 (2021)  Large van  146-184 miles WLTP*
 VW e-Crafter (2021)  Large van  68-71 miles WLTP
 MAN eTGE (2021)  Large van  68-71 miles WLTP
 Ford E-Transit (2022)  Large van  217 miles WLTP
 Citroen e-Relay (2021)  Large van  124-211 miles WLTP*
 Peugeot e-Boxer (2021)  Large van  124-211 miles WLTP*
 Fiat E-Ducato (2021)  Large van  78-148 miles WLTP*
 Arrival electric van (2022)  Large van  112-211 miles WLTP*

* Varies with van and battery size, plus driving conditions and weight loaded in vehicle.

Some things to consider…

Added Weight

Whilst the additional weight that comes with housing an electric battery isn’t really an issue for smaller vans, it’s more of a problem for larger vans.

Because they’re slightly heavier, some of the larger electric vans out there do come with a lower range, which could be impacted further if the van is fully loaded.

Generally, the bigger the van, the lower the range. Just as you’d expect a smaller, lighter van to be nippier off the mark, it will also go further on one full charge. You can see the difference between the Volkswagen e-Transporter’s 82 mile range, compared to the Renault Zoe Van’s incredible 245 mile range!

Range Variance

The range of an electric van isn’t always exactly the figure the manufacturer claims it to be – in reality, the electric range depends on a few factors.

Driving environment, payload weight, driving style and weather can all affect how far an electric van will go on one full charge. For instance, driving your electric van in either really hot or really cold weather (cold being the more common condition in the UK!) is something to consider. Extreme temperatures affect an electric van’s battery, which in turn, reduces its range.

Just as your fuel would burn quicker from blasting the air-con in a conventional vehicle, it drains the battery quicker in an EV too.

Luckily, many EV manufacturers are working to fix this. The Renault Kangoo ZE for instance now uses heat pump technology to reduce any disruption caused by challenging weather conditions.

Charging points

At this point in time, the amount of fuel-filling stations across the UK outnumbers the amount of electric charging stations there are. But as we move towards the Government’s deadline to ban new petrol and diesel vehicle sales, plus the amount of people making the switch increases, the infrastructure to support electric vehicles is catching up.

There are more than 30,000 charging points in the UK, with more being installed every day.

Also, with the ability to charge at home with a standard three pin-socket or have a dedicated charging point installed outside of any building you own, charging-up can still be convenient and hassle-free. There’s even a Government Grant to help you cover the cost of installation.

Why come to Vansdirect for electric vans?

Here at Vansdirect, we have an excellent line-up of electric vans for you to choose from. We’re more than happy to talk you through the models available and help you come to a decision based on your particular needs.

Even if you’re still not sure about switching to an electric commercial vehicle option, we can show you a specific cost comparison between electric and conventional fuel, based on your business needs.

With fantastic finance options available too, from leasing and contract hire to hire purchase, we offer you great flexibility.

Contact us today for a free no obligation quote – our friendly team of experts are ready when you are.