Best Electric Panel Vans 2023: The Complete Guide For The UK

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Market Overview


Though the phenomenal rise in the sale of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK, has been primarily ‘fuelled’ by the sale of passenger electric cars, another trend fast gaining traction, is the sale of electric vans. A number of factors are driving the increase in the adoption of zero-tailpipe emission electric vans, to include, an increase availability in battery-electric vans (BEVs), new local regulations and a ‘greener’ customer choice.

The maturity in the development of passenger electric cars has also positively impacted the development of electric vans. Pure electric vans now deliver a practical and useful electric range, that can be leveraged for multiple business needs. The latest EVs incorporate larger onboard EV batteries and improved electric range, and also offer an increase in the performance and efficiency of the onboard EV batteries. Bottom-line, higher battery efficiencies result in lower vehicle weight, longer electric range and lower acquisition and operational costs.

Pure electric vans are now well positioned to become as popular as passenger electric cars, which is good news for us all. The fewer the internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol or diesel commercial vehicles on our roads, the lower the local air pollution! For local councils and governments, keen to improve air quality, e-vans offer a real and immediate solution. We can expect in the medium-term, the introduction of new regulations to restrict polluting vehicles. In fact, at the end of 2022, the ULEZ zone in London was further expanded by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, to combat the high level of pollution in London.

We can expect a number of other cities and towns in the UK to follow the example of London, and introduce clean air zones. London is not the only city keen to increase local air quality. Birmingham, Bristol, Bath, Bradford and Portsmouth are examples of cities with clean air zones. Manchester, Sheffield and Tyneside are expected to enforce similar zones in 2023. At e-zoomed, we expect regulations to gain more momentum, such that, only zero-tailpipe emission commercial vans will be allowed in city and town centres. This utopia is not far away. Expect this within this decade!

Like, automotive manufacturers and governments, businesses are also just as keen to use environmentally-friendly clean vehicles, and electric vans are now taking centre stage in the narrative of fleets, small and large. Apart from the strong environmental credentials, electric vans also help businesses save money. Driving an e-van is far cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel van. Moreover, electric vehicles (EVs) also require a lower level of maintenance, compared to petrol and diesel commercial vehicles.


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Electric Van Registrations UK (credit: SMMT)

According to the SMMT, the UK trade association, 2022 has witnessed a 46.5% increase in the registration of BEV Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs). As of November 2022, up to 15,039 new electric vans have been registered in the UK. As is the case for passenger cars, diesel vans continue to decrease in sales. Over the same time period, diesel new van registrations reduced by 22.9%. However, it is worth noting that diesel continues to dominate the market share, commanding over 90%!

We encourage businesses, small and large, to replace existing fleets of petrol and diesel vans with pure electric vans. It is best to take advantage of the UK government electric van incentives while still available. Scroll down to learn all about the Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG) for electric vans. You can lease electric vans via e-zoomed at competitive prices. Simply follow this link!



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Best Electric Panel Vans (2023)


Citroën ë-Berlingo, Citroën ë-Dispatch, Fiat e-Ducato, Ford E-Transit, Maxus e Deliver 9, Mercedes-Benz eVito, Peugeot e-Partner, Peugeot e-Expert, Renault KANGOO E-Tech, Volkswagen ID.Buzz


Best Electric Panel Vans: Top 10


Below is a list of our top ten electric panel vans that are currently available. However, there are a number of new e-vans that will be available in the UK market in 2023. Some of these include: the Mercedes-Benz eCitan, Maxus T90EV, Radar Auto RD6 and many more!

The current available electric panel vans have much to offer. Most of these vans offer an electric range between 100 and 200 miles, which is more than sufficient for most day-to-day business needs. Some even offer more than 200 miles on a full charge. The new all-electric Volkswagen ID. Buzz cargo is a good example. The claimed WLTP range on the e-van is up to 257 miles. Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the pure electric van should deliver over 200 miles.

For those new to electric driving, the electric range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: weather, payload, driving profile, tyre size, temperature, onboard service used and more. In general, the real-world electric range will be lower than the claimed WLTP range. To learn about WLTP, follow this link.

It is also worth noting that manufacturers are offering, for some models, multiple EV battery size options. As an example, the all-electric Maxus e Deliver 9 is available in three EV battery sizes: 51.5 kWh/ 72 kWh/ 88.55 kWh. This is indeed an excellent approach, as it gives the business customer choice, based on needs and budget.

An issue, raised often, as an impediment to migrating to electric vans, is charging. There is now good news in regards to e-van charging. Most electric vans now incorporate DC rapid charging, and a 100 kW DC charging capability is fast becoming the norm. In some case, even higher DC charging capability is available. Electric vans charging at 100 kW DC public charging, should be able to achieve up to 80% charge in 30 minutes.

Yes, public charging infrastructure in the UK is developing well, to include, rapid and ultra-rapid charging. According to zap-map, as of end November 2022, there are 6,712 rapid charging devices across 3,916 locations in the UK. Of course, apart from DC charging, these e-vans are also capable of AC charging at home or at public charging points. Again, there is good news, as a number of electric vans incorporate or offer a three-phase (11kW/22 kW) onboard AC charger. For electric vans that offer 3-phase AC charging as an upgrade, we at e-zoomed encourage upgrading.

For those on the move, with a need for a mobile office, electric vans also offer vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability. Perfect for those that need to power their tools, laptops etc. Bottom-line, electric vans have much more to offer than petrol and diesel commercial vans! You can buy V2L electric van cables via e-zoomed. To learn more about a specific electric van, simply follow the links below.



Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Cargo Volume (m3)Payload (kg)
Citroën ë-Berlingo50 kWh171 miles3.3 – 4.4753 – 800
Citroën ë-Dispatch50 kWh/ 75 kWh137 – 196 miles5.3 – 6.61,002
Fiat e-Ducato47 kWh/ 79 kWh88 – 175 miles10 – 17985 – 1,885
Ford E-Transit68 kWh196 miles9.5 – 15.1790 – 1035
Maxus e Deliver 951.5 kWh/ 72 kWh/ 88.55 kWh112 – 185 miles9.7 – 11.0860 – 1200
Mercedes-Benz eVito66 kWh162 miles6.6772
Peugeot e-Partner50 kWh171 miles3.3 – 3.8751 – 803
Peugeot e-Expert50 kWh/ 75 kWh122 – 211 miles5.3 – 6.11,000 – 1,226
Renault KANGOO E-Tech45 kWh186 miles3.3 – 4.2615
Volkswagen ID.Buzz77 kWh257 miles3.9592 – 607

Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG)


Though the UK government has discounted the plug-in car grant (PiCG), it continues to offer the plug-in van grant, to encourage the uptake of electric vans in the UK. The PiVG is offered for both, small and large e-vans. The maximum grant available for a small van is £2,500 and £5,000 for a large van. As has been the case with the electric car grants, we expect the PiVG grant to be terminated in due course. So do take advantage of the electric van grants while still available!


Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG): Qualifying Criteria
Small Vans— be less than 2,500 kilograms (kg) gross vehicle weight
— have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km
— be able to travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions
Large Vans — be between 2,500kg and 4,250kg gross vehicle weight
— have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km
— be able to travel at least 96km (60 miles) without any emissions
Source: www.gov.uk

Small Electric Vans Eligible For The Grant Amount Available (Up To)
Citroën e-Berlingo£2,500
Fiat e-Doblo£2,500
Maxus eDeliver 3 (short wheel base variants)£2,500
Nextem Orca£2,500
Nissan e-NV200£2,500
Nissan Townstar£2,500
Nissan Voltia£2,500
Peugeot e-Partner£2,500
Renault Kangoo E-Tech£2,500
Renault Kangoo ZE£2,500
Renault Zoe Van£2,500
Toyota Proace City Electric£2,500
Vauxhall Combo-e£2,500
Source: www.gov.uk

Large Electric Vans Eligible For The Grant Amount Available (Up To)
BD Auto eTraffic£5,000
BD e-Boxer£5,000
BD e-Ducato£5,000
BD e-Relay£5,000
Citroën e-Dispatch£5,000
Citroën e-Relay£5,000
DFSK EC35£5,000
Fiat e-Ducato£5,000
Fiat E-Scudo£5,000
Ford E-Transit (Leader)£5,000
Ford E-Transit (Trend)£5,000
LDV EV80£5,000
LEVC VN5£5,000
MAN eTGE£5,000
Maxus eDeliver 3£5,000
Maxus eDeliver 3 LWB Chassis Cab£5,000
Maxus eDeliver 9£5,000
Maxus eDeliver 9 MC L3 Chassis Cab£5,000
Maxus eDeliver 9 LC L4 Chassis Cab£5,000
Mercedes-Benz eVito£5,000
Mercedes-Benz eVito Premium£5,000
Mercedes-Benz eVito Progressive£5,000
Mercedes eSprinter£5,000
Peugeot e-Boxer£5,000
Peugeot e-Expert£5,000
Renault Master ZE (3.1 and 3.5 tonnes)£5,000
Renault Trucks Master ZE£5,000
Toyota Proace Electric£5,000
Vauxhall Vivaro-e£5,000
Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter£5,000
Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce£5,000
Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce Plus£5,000
Source: www.gov.uk

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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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