The Toyota Proace City Electric Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

Toyota Proace City Electric
Price: £33,360
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 50 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 161 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Toyota Motor Corporation, known simply as Toyota, is a leading global automotive company. The company is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world and is headquartered in Aichi, Japan. The company has already established an enviable track record for the development and marketing of environment friendly hybrid vehicles. Toyota has one of the largest portfolios of mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs), currently 11 hybrid models. It is also a world leader in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Toyota’s portfolio of EVs, include passenger electric cars and commercial electric vehicles. The company currently has a portfolio of the following electric vans:

Apart from the ubiquitous Toyota brand, the company also owns the Hino, Lexus, Ranz and Daihatsu brands.



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Toyota Proace City Electric Panel Van


As cities across the UK continue to introduce zero-emission zones to curb the increasing pollution, pure electric vans, like the Toyota Proace City compact electric van, will become more commonplace. For those new to electric driving, in particular, pure electric vans, an e-van has zero-tailpipe emissions.

In fact, a pure electric van does not even have a tailpipe. The clean commercial vans are fast becoming the preferred choice for governments and businesses, alike, keen to leverage the benefits of clean transportation to improve local air quality.

Apart from the environmental benefits, electric vans also help reduce transportation costs. Electric vans are cheaper to driver per mile and also require less maintenance, in comparison to convention internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel vans.

Like the Toyota Proace medium-sized van, the Toyota Proace City compact van is also built on a platform shared with the PSA Group. The Proace City Electric is available in one EV battery size: 50 kWh. Toyota claims an electric range up to 161 miles (WLTP) for the EV. A 50 kWh battery size is appropriate for a compact city electric van.

Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, speed, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 135 miles, which is certainly useful for last mile deliveries etc.

The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 100 kW DC. At 100 kW DC, the 50 kWh pure electric van can can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes. Toyota offers single-phase AC (7 kW) onboard charging compatibility, as standard. However, there is an option to upgrade to a three-phase (11 kW AC) onboard charger. We recommend upgrading to the 11 kW AC onboard EV charger, as most commercial premises in the UK have three-phase power supply (3-phase EV charging is faster compared to 1-phase EV charging!).

For those charging at home, a single-phase EV charger like, myenergi zappi is appropriate. Do keep in mind that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply. In any case, using a dedicated single-phase (7 kW) EV charger, the 50 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 5 hours. Though the e-van can be charged using a standard 3-PIN domestic plug, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic plug to charge an electric vehicle.

In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle (EV). This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Toyota offers a class-leading 10 years or 100,000 miles warranty for the EV battery.

The Proace City Electric panel van is available in two lengths, Short (4403 mm) and Long (4753mm). The electric van offers up to 4.4 m3 cargo volume, with a payload up to 800 kg. The EV offers a towing capacity up to 750 kg (Braked). The EV offers up to 3 seats.

The manufacturer also offers a host of driving aids and technology, to include: cruise control, rear parking sensors, brake assist, hill-start assist, vehicle stability control and more. The EV incorporates a 7″ Pro Touch infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive Proace City Electric has a 100 kW onboard electric motor. The electric van delivers a maximum power up to 150 hp and 260 Nm torque. The e-van can achieve 0-62 mph in 11.2 seconds. The top speed is 83 mph.

The electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range. The EV offers three driving modes: Power, Normal and Eco. The Power mode is for responsive acceleration, Normal for everyday use, and Eco for increasing vehicle efficiency ie. electric driving range.

The Proace City electric van is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘small vans’ category. These vehicles are less than 2,500 kilograms (kg) gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) zero-emissions. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for small vans, up to a maximum of £2,500.

You can lease electric vans via e-zoomed at competitive prices. Simply follow this link to enquire today!


PROS CONS
Practical electric range 11 kW AC onboard charger not standard
100 kW DC charging as standard Options make the e-van expensive
Available in two lengths Choice of other electric vans

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The Toyota Proace City Electric Panel Van (credit: Proace)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Proace City Electric Short Panel Van (from £33,360)
Proace City Electric Long Panel Van (from £34,110)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 50 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:10 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions (Short/ Long)
Height (mm):1880
Width (mm):1848
Length (mm):4403 – 4753
Wheelbase (mm):2785 – 2975
Turning Radius (m):N/A
Cargo Volume (m3):3.8 – 4.4
Payload (kg):750 – 800

Proace City 50 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):161 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):20.6
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 7 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs)
Top Speed:83 mph
0-62 mph:11.2 seconds
Drive: Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):150
Torque (Nm): 260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:2/3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):750
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,410 – 2,400
Colours:4
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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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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