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Top Electric Vans Of 2022

2 Mar 2022

Whether you need a long-range electric van for deliveries or an eco-friendly monster to carry around all of your tools, there’s an electric van in 2022 for you. 

 

Electric vans have rapidly changed, evolving from niche products for most businesses to core vehicles, taking the industrial automotive market by storm. While petrol and hybrid vans have made inroads into diesel domination, fully electric vans are becoming more and more popular. 
 
Throughout the last few years, we have seen large electric vans arrive, where maximum cargo volume is the priority over the payload. These have been introduced alongside small electric vans, which are designed for short urban routes. Just five years ago diesel remained king but as battery technology has evolved, with increased battery capacity offering longer ranges, we're now at a stage where even the popular mid-sized van class is a viable market for electrification.
 
The number of electric vans on our roads is on the rise. Add in low running costs and tax incentives, and many firms and organisations are making the switch to electric. But whether you’re a long-time van owner looking to make the step up to something more modern or a new business owner and want to make an economical decision with their new van fleet, the sheer range of vans out there can be confusing. 
 
To make the process slightly easier, we’ve put together a list of some of the best electric vans available in 2022.
 

1) Citroen e-Dispatch

The Citroen e-Dispatch, much like the smaller e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e is a result of the Stellantis-Toyota partnership that seems to have taken the market by storm. 
 
These mid-size panel vans are a great choice for tradespeople or business owners looking to go electric. The Toyota Proace Electric, Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert, and Vauxhall Vivaro-e share the same platform, powertrain, and much of the bodywork. If you opt for the larger 75kWh battery there's a range of 205 miles WLTP, while even the 50kWh van manages 143 miles on a full charge. Battery location doesn't affect carrying capacity and there is even a cargo volume of up to 6.6 cubic metres if you add the optional thru-loading bulkhead.
 
As well as the latest battery tech, the Citroen e-Dispatch van is jam-packed with safety and connectivity features from the PSA Group's car range. There's full connectivity and smartphone access to assorted functions, while a passenger-carrying double cab variant offers another practical option for work users.
 
Payload is rated at around one tonne, and charging has been comprehensively adapted by the Citroen/Stallantis engineers. Do be aware that carrying a full load will hamper the van's overall range, though. 
 
“Data now shows that fully electric vans have a 3.6% market share in the UK” - SMMT Electric van research
 
 

2) Fiat E-Ducato

The Ducato is another van that has, until now, only ever been converted into an electric van by conversion specialists. Now, we have an official electric LCV to come along from the Italian manufacturer, and it also packs in the best specification for most.
 
Fiat’s E-Ducato has a range of up to 175 miles is available for drivers, comfortably longer than any other large panel van around. There are 3 lengths and 3 heights of panel van for a total of 28 body styles, as well as a chassis cab option and even a passenger version with up to 9 seats.
 
The E-Ducato has an impressive maximum payload of up to 1.9 tonnes and cargo area options that range from 10 to 17 cubic metres. There are two batteries to choose between, either a 47 kWh or 79 kWh pack, and neither impact load space. Recharging is possible at 50 kW DC, and there are choices between 7 kW, 11 kW, and 22 kW AC onboard chargers. These configurations produce range figures of up to 113 miles for the 47kWh battery pack or 224 miles with the 79kWh option. Both versions come as standard with 50kW fast charging capability, which can add up to 62 miles of range in as little as 30 minutes. 
 

3) Mercedes eSprinter

If you’re looking for an electric van from a more upmarket brand, then look no further than the modern Mercedes eSprinter. The eSprinter is one of the few models on the market that offers electric vehicle technology in a large van.
 
Essentially an electric version of the popular Mercedes Sprinter large panel van, The eSprinter utilises more space under the cargo floor, so it has a larger 55kWh capacity, offering a range of up to 83 miles with a 75mph speed limiter, or 96 miles with a 50mph limit. While the battery may impact the payload weights, cargo volume of 11 cubic metres remains unchanged in the single Bodystyle the eSprinter was set to be offered in. Power comes from a 55kWh battery and 113bhp electric motor, giving the Merc a maximum range of just 83 miles. While 80kW fast charging can top up the eSprinter from 0-80% in half an hour, this is only available as an optional extra.
 
The eSprinter includes air conditioning and a heated driver’s seat come as standard, while artificial leather upholstery and the brilliant MBUX infotainment system are available for an additional cost. Available with a choice of battery sizes and body styles, the popular Sprinter is likely to continue that trend in electric form.
 
 
 
It doesn’t matter what you use your van for or where you drive it, chances are that in the near future you will have to look into greener options for your fleet. Not only do they come with a range of government incentives and tax benefits but they also tend to be cheaper to run. Whether you're looking to lease a small electric van, a medium van perfect for trades or even a specialist vehicle, cars2buy have a huge range of brand new vehicles available from the major manufacturers and trusted dealerships at great monthly prices.