Renault Zoe Van review

Category: Small Van

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Electric vans are exceptionally cheap to run - but those savings need to offset the cost of a passenger car converted for van use, plus the price of the batteries. As a result, it isn’t a van that is cheap to buy or lease, so you have to carefully work out what you can save back.

Helping this significantly are the Zoe Van’s predicted residual values, which reflect the fact its powertrain is future-proofed; you could be looking at nearly a third more compared to a similar diesel-powered rival. In the meantime you’ll be enjoying cut price pence per mile usage too – Renault estimates running cost can be as little as 2p per mile. Fewer moving parts also mean less maintenance compared to a petrol or diesel van, and with regenerative braking, items like brake pads are spared .

The Business trim level is particularly generous, but the low price of upgrading to Business+ would be worth it if you plan to spend a lot of time behind the wheel, not least because it comes with a higher level of safety equipment.

Renault has given the Zoe Van the same warranty as the passenger car which, means five years or 100,000 miles, but it is also covered by an unlimited mileage allowance during the first two years, which is worth bearing in mind if you’re inclined to travel more than 50,000 miles per year.

Batteries are covered by an eight-year warranty but with a 100,000 mileage cap.

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Overview

The Renault Zoe Van is not your typical commercial vehicle, but if you need to move a small load then it can do it very cheaply and comfortably. An impressive 245 mile range is backed up by the option of rapid charging, which allows the Zoe Van to be operated in much the same way as a combustion engine van. The low payload and volume might not be for everyone, but the Renault Zoe Van is a quiet and comfortable city van.

  • Tiny running costs
  • High specification
  • Large 245 mile range
  • Expensive upfront costs
  • Small loadspace
  • Very low payload allowance

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