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Van of the Year 2021: Compact Van - Best Value for Ownership Costs

Derived from the Renault Zoe road car, this compact van offers impressive tax, running cost and servicing advantages, plus the prospect of no ULEZ charges...

 Van Awards - Renault Zoe (new logo)

WINNER: Compact Van - Best Value for Ownership Costs

Renault Zoe Van

Priced from £19,380  Range 245 miles CO2 emissions 0g/km Load space 1m3 Payload 387kg  Power 133bhp Torque 181lb ft

It’s hard to know to what extent the recent tide of discontent towards diesel will affect van residual values in years to come, or how petrol models will fill that void, but one thing that is certain is that electric vans are here – and here to stay.

Early predictions for the Renault Zoe Van put its future resale prices almost 20% higher than those of many conventionally-engined rivals, which helps make up for its bigger purchase price: it starts from around £25,000 including the Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG). However, removing the VAT brings the cost below £20,000.

Renault Zoe Van side view

Then there are the operating savings to be had anywhere that ULEZ zones are in force, with this factor only likely to become more important in the coming years. And while a super-economical diesel engine in a small van will provide you with great fuel economy, it still can’t eclipse the savings that can be had from running on electricity. 

The Zoe – with its one cubic metre of load space and maximum payload of 387kg – makes particular sense in urban environments, not only due to its zero emissions, but because range limitations are less of an issue – although the Zoe’s 245 miles per charge on the official WLTP test cycle is very respectable. It also comes with the reassurance of a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty, and an eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty.

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