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Van of the Year 2021: Electric Van - Best Value for Ownership Costs
The upfront sticker price may be high, but running costs and - crucially - resale value predictions for the Vauxhall Vivaro-e make it a compelling proposition...
WINNER: Electric Van - Best Value for Ownership Costs
Priced from £27,028 Range 143-205 miles CO2 emissions 0g/km Load space 5.3-6.1m3 Payload 1002-1226kg Power 136bhp Torque 192lb ft
Electric vans are not yet the right choice for every van owner, but there is one clear advantage that will appeal to everyone: the running and ownership costs will be significantly lower than for a combustion-engined van for some time to come yet.
The Vauxhall Vivaro-e has an official range of 144 or 205 miles from its 50kWh and 75kWh batteries respectively, as measured by the WLTP testing cycle. At best, that figure is equivalent to 36.5kW per 100 miles, or the equivalent of around 5p per mile on a general domestic electricity contract. That compares favourably with the larger Mercedes-Benz eSprinter (57.2kW/100miles) and is impressive up against the smaller Nissan eNV200 (32.2kW). While the much smaller Renault Kangoo ZE (20.4kW) is more efficient, it is not capable of carrying anything like the Vivaro-e’s 1226kg.
There are further savings to be made elsewhere, too; electric vans also have the distinct advantage of having far fewer moving parts to go wrong and servicing is required less frequently. Brake pads last longer, too, because their regenerative braking systems take some of the strain away from the regular friction brakes.
But the Vivaro-e’s win here is about more than just maximising the benefits an electric powertrain can offer, The Vivaro-e also has a standout advantage over many rivals – both combustion-engined and electric – when it comes to residual values, even over its near-identical brethren the Citroën e-Dispatch and Peugeot e-Expert.
Prices are punchy, starting from north of £27,000 excluding VAT and with the Government’s grant, but crucially, those residual value estimations go some way to reducing overall ownership costs, helping to prove that the switch to electric can work for many.
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