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Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards 2023: Best Large Van

For the first time in the history of our Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards, the Best Large Van is electric, and that shows just what a game-changer the Ford E-Transit is...

Best large van

Ford E-Transit

VOTY 2023 logo with sponsor

Priced from £44,945 (Excl. VAT) Range 196 miles (WLTP) CO2 emissions 0g/km Load space 15.1m3 Payload 1758kg Power 181-265bhp Torque 317lb ft

The best large vans don’t only deal in carrying big weights and large objects; they need to strike a balance between versatility and running costs too. From panel vans to platform cabs, they’re found across the country performing all manner of tasks from home delivery to helping fix roads. The thing that unites these vans, and separates the great from the good, is striking a balance that means businesses of all shapes and sizes can find a product to suit their needs.

The Ford E-Transit has achieved that better than any other large electric van, and has done it in such a way that it is a genuine alternative to its diesel counterparts.

Ford E-Transit infotainment screen

A wide range of 25 body types, and a choice of power ratings with more power and torque than even the most powerful diesel, are just two examples of where the E-Transit has broken the mould.

Although even the most affordable versions cost a fair amount more than an entry-level diesel van, for the right operation the E-Transit will pay that money back over time, with lower running costs and fewer servicing bills – especially if you can charge it at work.

Its load-lugging abilities, with capacities of up to 4.25 tonnes, allow it to match the most payload-hungry diesel vans, while long-wheelbase and high-roof variants give the E-Transit the space needed to suit any business type. 

Ford E-Transit load bed

But it’s not just about the numbers. The E-Transit is also quieter than the premium Mercedes eSprinter, better to drive than the Volkswagen e-Crafter and offers a working environment that is a cut above any of the vans in the class. 

This is a first in our Van and Commercial Vehicle Awards, then, where an electric van has done well enough to not only take home our electric van trophy but also win against other large vans. If you didn’t think the Ford E-Transit was a game-changer before now, think again.

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