Best Electric Commercial Vans To Buy In 2019

Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 All Electric Van

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The Sightings Of All-Electric Commercial Vans Have Increased Significantly In Urban Areas In 2019, As Legislation And Businesses Commit To All-Electric Zero-Emission Delivery Transportation In Greater Numbers!

We at e-zoomed believe that the replacement of polluting internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel commercial vans is imperative in improving air quality in densely congested urban areas in the UK.  Many areas suffer from high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  

The rapid adoption of pure electric or eco-friendly commercial vans is also key for the UK government successfully executing its ambitions as outlined in the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy.  The UK government is targeting up to 40% of new van sales by 2030 being ultra-low-emission vehicles (ULEVs)

The increased battery performance of battery-electric vans means that businesses can acquire all-electric commercial vans without fear of ‘range anxiety’.  In fact, the latest model of all-electric van models are very well suited for last mile delivery in urban centres.  It is clear that businesses of all types and sizes are fast recognizing the advantages of using zero-emission road transportation and this is evident from the increased number of all-electric delivery vehicles in the city centres across the UK. 

With the rapidly increasing demand, we expect automotive manufacturers to announce many new electric van models to cater for this rapidly evolving market.  Below are some of our favourite all-electric commercial vans. 

Renault KANGOO Z.E.33 All-Electric Van 

  • Renault S.A., the French automotive manufacturer released the KANGOO Z.E. end 2011. Renault was quick to leverage its early success in its home market i.e. France and surpasses 10,000 units by end 2013. As of end 2018, nearly 40,000 KANGOO Z.E. electric vans have been delivered. 
  • Along the way, the pure electric van has garnered a fair number of accolades to include: the ‘International Van of the Year 2012’, ‘Electric Vehicle of the Year 2012 and 2013’.  The EV remains a front-runner in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) class.
  • The KANGOO Z.E. range includes: KANGOO Z.E. 33 Van, KANGOO Z.E. 33 Maxi Van and the KANGOO Z.E. 33 Crew Van. The Maxi has a long-wheel base, while the Crew can seat up to 5.
  • The KANGOO Z.E. offer the same load capacity as its internal combustion engine equivalents with a maximum payload of up to 640 kg.
  • A vastly improved zero-emission range of up to 143 miles (WLTP) with the upgraded EV battery (from 22 kWh to 33 kWh). In warmer condition (+20 C), an expected range of 124 miles.  In winter conditions (-5 C), an expected range of 75 miles.   
  • The KANGOO Z.E. has a 44kW electric motor with 60 bhp and 225 Nm torque.  0-60 mph is just over 20 seconds and a top speed of 81 mph.  The electric motor in the KANGOO is similar to the one used in the popular Renault Zoe pure electric car. 
  • Expected cost per mile under 4 pence.  Cost of a full recharge sub £5.
  • Electric vehicle battery included in the price of the electric van i.e. not leased separately.  The lithium-ion battery has a performance guarantee of up to 70% of original capacity for 5 years or 60,000 miles. 
  • Prices start from £18,392 excluding VAT but including the PiVG grant. 
Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 All Electric Van
Renault KANGOO Z.E. 33 All-Electric Van (credit: Renault)

Battery And Range 

  • Battery capacity: 33 kWh 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 143 miles 
  • Can be charged from 0% to 100% in 6 hours (7 kW, 22 kW, 43 kW)


The All-Electric Nissan E-NV200 Van

  • The Nissan e-NV200 is an all-electric light commercial van manufactured by the Japanese automotive manufacturer Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • The e-NV200 is based on the Nissan NV200, which was unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show.  The e-NV200 concept all-electric van was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.  
  • Twenty eight  e-NV200 vans were used in a 6 month trail with British Gas in November 2013.  The electric van went on sale in 2014.
  • Since its introduction, the e-NV200 has been adopted by a number of leading ‘blue chip’ fleets.
  • The 2014 model was fitted with a 24 kWh battery back with a ‘real world’ range of less than 60 miles.  Since then, both the battery size and range have increased significantly with the introduction of the 2018 model.
  • The e-NV200 comes in two options 1). The electric van 2). Nissan e-NV200 Combi, the electric people carrier.
  • The e-NV200 Combi can be used as a professional people-carrier with up to seven seats.
  • The pure electric van is designed for ‘city business’ and is available in three trims (Visia, Acenta & Tekna).  The battery-electric vehicle can carry a cargo up to 705 kg.
  • The e-NV200 van comes with a 107 bhp electric motor with a range between 124 miles and 187 miles (WLTP city and combined cycle).  The battery has an 8 year battery warranty (up to 100,000 miles).
  • Approve for the U.K. government plug-in van grant, zero congestion charge and zero tax.
  • Prices start from £20,005 including VAT.
Nissan electric e-NV200 van
The Nissan All-Electric e-NV200 Commercial Van (credit: Nissan)

Battery And Range 

  • Battery capacity: 40 kWh 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 124 miles 
  • Capable of rapid charging (from 20% to 80% in 40 to 60 minutes)

The Citroen Berlingo All-Electric Commercial Van 

  • The Citroen Berlingo Electric is a battery-powered version of the Berlingo range of vans. The Berlingo pure electric van was introduced into the U.K. market in 2013. Though a new ICE Berlingo was launched last year, the all-electric remains the same.  The upgraded Berlingo Electric is not expected to hit the roads until 2021.   
  • The Berlingo Electric is not the first electric van developed by Citroen.  The Citroen Electrique was released in 2010 and 250 electric vans were supplied to the French postal service (La Poste).
  • Though the Berlingo Electric has been around for over 5 years, it has failed to rival the success of its competitors like Renault and Nissan all-electric vans.  The 106 miles (NEDC) driving range falls far short of the Renault Kangoo 33 and the Nissan eNV200.  In fact, depending on the ‘real world’ driving conditions the range could be as low as 60 miles.  The company has published a 65 miles all-electric range and up to 80 miles city electric range. 
  • However, an advantage that the Berlingo has over its rivals, is its ability to rapid charge (DC), with up to 80% battery charge within 30 minutes. The pure electric van has two charge ports to also include an AC ‘standard’ charge port (charges 100% in 8 hours from a type 2 socket).
  • The electric vehicle battery is included in the price of the electric van i.e. no need to lease separately. The 80 cells battery pack is located at the rear of the van without any impact on load volume. Running costs (energy) 2-3 pence per mile. 
  • The commercial electric van has a load volume of 3.3m3 and payload of 636kg. The van come in two body length configurations: L1 and L2. 
  • Prices start from £15,577 excluding VAT but including the U.K. government plug-in van grant up to a maximum of £8,000. 
Citroen Berlingo All Electric Commercial Van
Citroen Berlingo All-Electric Commercial Van (credit: Citroen)

Battery And Range 

  • Battery capacity: 22.5 kWh 
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (NEDC): 106 miles (WLTP: up to 80 miles)
  • Maximum speed: 68 mph
  • 0-62 mph: 18.7 secs
  • Torque: 215 Nm
  • Capable of rapid charging (from 20% to 80% in 40 to 60 minutes)

The LEVC Range-Extender Electric Commercial Van 

It should come as no surprise that LEVC has a vision and aspiration far beyond the world of electric taxis.  After all, the company is owned by the behemoth Chinese automotive group, Geely.  Indeed, the strategy to further exploit the LEVC reputation and brand in the U.K., to introduce other types of commercial EVs is prudent.  

The company plans to follow with a full range of ‘new energy’ commercial vehicles and aim to become ‘the leading European electric commercial vehicle provider’.  The LEVC electric light van has also made its debut in Europe in early September 2019 at an event in Germany. Also worth noting is that LEVC is the only company in the world that manufacturers a purpose-built range extended electric taxi. 

The Electric LEVC commercial Van
The Electric LEVC Commercial Van (credit: LEVC)
  • The electric van will have a zero-emission electric range of up to 80 miles.  The combined petrol and electric range will be up to 377 miles.  The electric commercial van aims to serve the needs of ‘distribution between out of town depots and city centres’, such that the vehicle can ‘switch’ to zero-emission mode in Ultra Low Emission Zones
  • The electric van is based on the same architecture and proven e-City range extender technology as the electric taxi. 
  • The light van has a 31 kWh lithium-ion EV battery, same at the electric taxi.
  • Order books will open at the end of 2020 with further details released closer to launch. 

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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