Van and Commercial Vehicle of the Awards 2022: Electric Van - Best Value for Ownership Costs
These four vans are not only more cost-effective to run than their diesel equivalents, but they've also come at a perfect time to suit the needs of city-based businesses that have a keen eye on f...
Citroen e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric, Vauxhall Combo-e
Priced from £27,910 Range 171 miles CO2 emissions 0g/km Load space 3.3-4.4m3 Payload 721-803kg Power 134bhp Torque 192lb ft
Despite a surge in energy prices, running an electric van like the Citroën e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric or Vauxhall Combo-e is still far more cost-effective on a pence-per-mile basis than a diesel equivalent.
However, just like diesel vans, not all electric vans are made equal. While headline-grabbing numbers for range and payload can make it look like larger vans, such as the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter or Maxus E Deliver 9 hold the aces, smaller electric vans are proving more popular, and it’s easy to see why. They’re cheaper to purchase and are quicker to charge. In fact, when the e-Berlingo, Combo-e, e-Partner or Proace City Electric’s batteries are empty, they can be back on the road with an 80% charge in just 30 minutes if you use a 100kW charger, and that’s good news for productivity.
What’s more, they can handle a pretty similar payload to their diesel-powered brethren, because the weight of their batteries and motor isn’t far off that of the regular van’s engine and gearbox – these electric workhorses can carry up to 800kg and have a load volume of 4.4m3. They also give you a phone app to schedule and control charging, provide maintenance alerts and thermal cabin preconditioning to help maximise range by pre-heating the cabin before starting a day’s work which prevents you from draining the battery unnecessarily when you first get into the van.
There are more clever features, too, including Surround Rear Vision which gives you a rear camera view (as if seeing it through a rear-view mirror) along with a blindspot view and rear parking camera, all of which help to minimise the risk of damage during a day’s work, helping to avoid earnings being lost because the van is out of action while undergoing repair.
All of this user-focused thinking leads to these new Stellantis-made vans being the pick of the electric bunch, taking the crown from their larger siblings, the mid-sized Citroën e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e.
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