Renault Zoe Van review

Category: Car-based van

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

This is where the Renault Zoe Van really shines, because like all electric vans, it's exceptionally cheap to run. And while it will cost you more to buy or lease than some rivals, we think you'll quickly re-coup your investment – especially if you work in a city which prioritises electric vehicles.

Helping that recoupment significantly are the Zoe Van’s predicted residual values, which reflect future-proofed propulasion method; you could be looking at nearly a third more of your money back than you would with 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 with a petrol or diesel van, and with regenerative braking, items like brake pads are spared .

Business+ models get satellite-navigation, wireless phone charging and rear-parking sensors with a reversing camera. There’s also 16in alloys and assistance systems including lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. It’s certainly the most luxurious trim level of any small van, and the upgrade cost is surprisingly modest. We suggest it's worth going for, not least because it comes with a higher level of safety equipment.

Autonomous Emergency Braking is the only option available, which for what will presumably be a city-based vehicle will be worth considering.

Renault has given the Zoe Van the same warranty as the Zoe 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.

  • Tiny running costs
  • High specification
  • Long 245-mile range
  • Expensive compared with combustion-engined rivals
  • Smallish loadspace