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Ultimate guide to electric vans

Are there any electric vans?

The electric van market has roared into life in 2020, the world may have been reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but electric vans came of age.

Whereas just a few years ago the choice of manufacturers and models was low, now this is not the case, with almost all vanmakers now having at least one pure EV model to choose from. Several have more than one!

With new and larger vans on the horizon we’ve also seen the range these commercial vehicles can travel per charge increase; from around 90 miles 2 years ago, current and upcoming vans can travel from 130 to 170 miles per charge, which is making electric vans a viable option for more and more businesses.

What is the best electric van?

Not a question we can answer because it entirely depends what you want your trusty light commercial vehicle to do for you or your business. Thankfully, compared to just a few years ago there's an ever growing choice of electric van sizes to choose from, from the compact and nippy Renault Zoe Commercial up to the Peugeot e-Boxer or Mercedes-Benz eSprinter, there's now an electric van for all sizes.

At DriveElectric, we're big fans of the Peugeot e-Expert, which comes in a choice of 3 sizes.

Peugeot e-Expert capacity and load length guide

Model

Load space (metre cubed)

Load length (mm)

Compact

4.6

2,162

Standard

5.3

2,512

Long

6.1

2,862

The business case for electric vans

It’s becoming increasingly important for companies to be known as environmentally friendly, but electric vans offer a lot more to businesses than green credentials. That said, the fact that EVs produce zero CO2 emissions is a key consideration for many business owners. A commitment to improving air quality in cities and urban areas is key to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), and a solid building block for positive PR.

Costs like road tax, congestion charges and ultra-low emission zone charges are currently eliminated entirely by going electric. Meanwhile, the UK government is also offering incentives which help with the cost of leasing electric vans and the installation of charge points on home and business premises. As with all electric vehicles fuel costs are dramatically reduced compared to petrol and diesel vans, while maintenance costs are also usually lower. This is due to the lack of moving parts in an EV battery, compared to those in a combustion engine.

When looking at the upfront cost of an electric car or van in comparison with petrol or diesel options EVs can appear more pricey, however bearing all the savings above in mind EVs really do work out better in the long run. On top of that higher residual values for electric vehicles mean there is less of a difference on monthly operating or lease costs, you can read more in our ‘Do electric cars depreciate?’ post.

Gnewt electric van

Are electric vans suitable for businesses?

All electric vans are perfect for business use, whether you cover many miles per day or only a limited distance. Because of significant fuel savings the more an EV is driven, the better the savings compared to petrol and diesel vans, but you still get all the benefits of switching to electric no matter how many miles per annum you drive, including: an automatic gear box, a really peaceful drive (due to the lack of engine noise and vibration), and the knowledge you’re not harming local air quality.

Leading logistics service, Menzies Distribution, covers more than 135,000 miles every day, allowing it to complete around 110 million deliveries every year. The company has the largest fully-electric fleet of vehicles within London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), and has immersed itself into vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology in order to help the national electricity grid become cleaner and greener.

This shows that electric vans are perfectly suitable for businesses purposes, even for fleets that have vehicles constantly on the road. We can help your company go electric, the same way we helped last-mile delivery service Gnewt, which was later acquired by Menzies Distribution.

Why choose DriveElectric for your electric van lease?

We offer everything from charging advice  to our unique FlexiHire service and unbeatable support and experience. Whether you have a small or large fleet of vans, we can help you analyse how it performs, and help you determine whether electric van leasing is for you.

We have been awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status for our own electric car and van rental fleet and we love passing on our knowledge. As well as advising you how to optimise things like charging habits, we can even design training programmes for drivers to ensure your EVs are being understood and used efficiently. Fully-electric motoring is the future, but we can help you make it part of your present when you get in touch with us today.

Our top electric van lease deals

DSDS-3 CrossbackSUV

DS DS-3 Crossback 100kW E-TENSE Bastille 50kWh 5dr Auto

  • £2,430 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 36 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£270 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
  • £2,025 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 36 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£225 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
DS 3 Crossback E-Tense Louvre front
Special offer
Volkswagene-UpHatchback

Volkswagen e-Up 60kW E-Up 32kWh 5dr Auto

  • £2,095 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£233 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
  • £1,746 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£194 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
Volkswagen e-Up front
Special offer
Mercedes-BenzEQBSUV

Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 4Matic 168kW AMG Line Premium 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

  • £5,389 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£599 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
  • £4,491 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£499 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
Mercedes-Benz EQB
Special offer

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