A MOTORS expert has revealed the best electric vans currently on the market – and it could help drivers save thousands of pounds.
It's becoming more and more tempting to switch to an electric van as several cities are charging diesel vehicles for entering clean air zones or outright banning them.
Most electric vans have a driving range that will be more than capable of a day's work – and their overall cargo volume is comparable to that of their diesel counterparts.
But, it can be challenging to choose one because there are now many models on the market.
Handily, car experts at Auto Express have shared the best vans in the UK.
1. Ford E-Transit
Car experts at Auto Express say that the Ford E-Transit is a game-changer for the electric van market, and rate it so highly that they named it 2022 Electric Van of the Year.
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The new electric Transit takes the diesel model as its starting point, but the engine, gearbox and transmission have been replaced with electric gear.
The motor produces 181bhp or 265bhp, depending on the model you choose, with both options providing plenty of power.
2. Citroen e-Dispatch/Peugeot e-Expert/Vauxhall Vivaro-e/Toyota Proace Electric/Fiat e-Scudo
These closely-related vans share the longest range of any electric load-lugger currently on sale in the UK – with up to 205 miles on offerwith the 75kWh battery option.
Fast charging of up to 100kW is available, so you can charge the 50kWh battery from 10 to 80 per cent in half an hour, while the larger 75kWh battery can get to the same percentage in 45 minutes.
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And there's a 7.4kW charging system fitted to the van as a standard, while an 11kW charger is available for drivers on a busy schedule.
3. Citroen e-Berlingo/Peugeot e-Partner/Toyota Proace City Electric/Vauxhall Combo-e
The Citroen e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric and Vauxhall Combo-e all have the same underpinnings, with a 50kWh battery providing a range of up to 170 miles on a single charge.
CCS fast-charging at a rate of up to 100kW should also prove useful to operators, meaning these vans can be topped-up to 80% in around half an hour.
4. Fiat E-Ducato
The E-Ducato promises a wide variety of tailored options for electric van buyers.
And there are three lengths and three heights of panel van for a total of 28 body styles, well as, a chassis cab option and even a passenger version with up to 9 seats.
There's a choice of two batteries; either 47kWh or 79kWh, offering a range of 137 and 224 miles, respectively.
5. LEVC VN5
A slightly different approach to plug-in hybrid van technology comes from LEVC and its taxi-based VN5 van.
The VN5 uses a 'range-extender' approach, whereby the petrol engine is used as a generator, sending power to the electric motor, rather than the wheels.
There's a 31kWh battery, so the VN5 has an all-electric range of 58 miles.
Inside, there's a payload of 830kg and a cargo volume of 5 cubic metres, so the VN5 isn't the biggest van around, but it should be enough for urban deliveries.
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