January 07, 2019
Electric vans are growing in popularity and are an excellent choice for short distances and last mile deliveries, Vansdirect selects the best on the market!
The number of new electric vans on the market is growing alongside the demand for clean air zones in a number of Europe’s major cities. There are now small, medium and large electric van options so there’s something for almost everyone’s requirements, here are the four best electric vans on the market (in no particular order)!
Based on the original Nissan Leaf electric car, the Nissan e-NV200 is a reliable workhorse for your business. The small van gets a 40kW battery, offering a claimed range of 174 miles, this will depend on factors such as ambient temperature and payload. Nissan vans have boasted that it can cost as little as 2p per mile to run the e-NV200 van, dependant on your energy tariff.
The small van takes eight hours to reach a full charge, speeding up to four when using a high-capacity charging point. There’s the availability of a rapid charger which allows the batteries to charge to 80% in as little as 30 minutes. The e-NV200 boasts 4.2 cubic metres of load volume and a maximum payload of 770kg.
The largest electric van on our list, the Renault Master Z.E. uses the latest lithium-ion technology to keep the range competitive. The large van achieves a range of approximately 74 miles in the real world and take 17 hours to charge from a standard mains sock, dropping to six hours from a 7.4kW wallbox charger.
There will be six versions of the Renault Master Z.E. on offer which include four panel vans with two roof heights and a duo of platform cabs, making it the most versatile electric van on the market. Dependent on the spec you opt for they will handle a payload of 1.1-tonnes. The Master electric van is available with a range of telematics and fleet management systems.
It’s no coincidence that two of our top four are from Renault vans, with the brand’s focus firmly on electrification across their passenger car and vans range. The Renault Kangoo Z.E. is the perfect choice for the congested UK streets, the latest model comes with a 33kW battery which gives the Kangoo an impressive range of 170 miles.
A full charge takes the Kangoo six hours from a 23A socket, whilst a rapid charger takes the battery to 80% in just an hour, there’s also an impressive climate control system which helps to maintain the range, so you can drive in comfort even in extreme heat. There are three bodystyles available: standard, maxi and crew van, all of which have a payload of 640kg, as standard there’s three cubic metres of load capacity, growing to 4.6 cubic metres on maxi models.
The Peugeot Partner electric is also ideal for use around town, with Peugeot vans claiming a range of 106 miles on a single charge. What it loses in range in comparison to the Kangoo, it makes up for in capacity for a payload of 695kg.
Like the standard Peugeot Partner van, there’s two wheelbase lengths available: L1 and L2, L1 models boast a load capacity of 3.3 cubic metres, with this increasing to 3.7 cubic metres on L2 models. The Partner can be specified with a split folding passenger seat for longer load lengths.
At Vansdirect we have a massive range of brand new vans available, including an extensive range of electric vans, you can view our range here! All of our new vans are available with cheap van finance options which include van leasing, contract hire and hire purchase, interested? Simply fill in a contact form or call us on 0800 169 69 95 to get the ball rolling today, we also offer cars!