With everyone so heavily focused on the rise of electric cars, pure electric vans can get lost in the crowd. But, that’s beginning to change as more and more businesses look to decarbonise their fleets this year. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent an electric van, the market now has something for everyone.
Plus, the Government is still offering cash incentives to those looking to make the permanent switch. Electric van buyers can receive a grant that will pay for up to 35% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £5,000. The full amount received will depend on the size and type of electric van you choose.
With that in mind, it’s clear to see why businesses are making the switch to all-electric vans. Especially as you’ll also benefit from lower long-term running and maintenance costs. You may have an idea of the type of electric van you’d need for your business, but here are the top electric vans with the longest range.
Okay, so this isn’t your conventional commercial van but it sure makes a statement. Volkswagen are bringing back their iconic van shape, but this time as an electric-only model. The ID.Buzz will be based on the same platform as Volkswagen’s other electric vehicles – the ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5.
There’s a couple of different variants of the ID.Buzz and the performance differs in each one. First, there’s the ID.Buzz 1st Edition Standard and the ID.Buzz Style Standard both of which have a WLTP driving range of 255 miles. Meanwhile, the ID.Buzz Life Standard has a range of 260 miles. In terms of speed, all models have a maximum speed of 90mph and can reach 62mph in 10.2 seconds.
While the Volkswagen ID.Buzz isn’t too speedy, it certainly has one of, if not the, best driving ranges on any electric van on the market. Plus, it has plenty of style to match! The downside? Well, the ID.Buzz is a pretty expensive electric van. Starting models cost roughly £56,000 which is quite a big upfront cost!
Here at EVision Electric Vehicles, we’ve ordered the Volkswagen ID.Buzz so we should have some arriving later this year. We can imagine it will be much more affordable to rent an electric van, specifically one with this high of a price point! To be the first to hear more about the Volkswagen ID.Buzz, we’d suggest joining our monthly newsletter here.
Switching back to proper commercial vans for a moment, the Vauxhall Vivaro-e is one of the best electric alternatives currently available in the UK. It’s almost identical to its diesel-powered sibling except it doesn’t produce any emissions.
Not only does this make it super practical and easy to use, but it’s also the electric van that can travel the furthest. With a WLPT driving range of 205 miles, the Vauxhall Vivaro-e is one of the few electric vans that can do a whole day’s work and still have some miles left over.
Considering the larger range and battery in this electric van, there’s actually some pretty decent charging rates. If you’re using a mega slow 3kW charge point, then you can expect the Vivaro-e to be fully charged in 22 hours. However, on the go it only takes 20 minutes to recharge. Not bad at all.
In terms of pricing, the all-electric Vivaro-e is slightly more expensive than its diesel counterpart but that’s to be expected. Prices start at £35,000 which is less than the Peugeot e-Expert and the Citroen e-Dispatch. When choosing to rent a Vauxhall Vivaro-e, you can do so from just £26.66 per day at EVision!
Maxus eDeliver 9
You may not have heard of Maxus before, but if you’re in the market for a new electric van, then the eDeliver 9 is a great choice. The brand is no stranger to the van market as the eDeliver 9 is produced alongside a diesel alternative and the smaller Maxus eDeliver 3.
It’s had a pretty big following since its launch, mainly because it was one of the first pure electric vans on the market to offer such a large range. We’d like to start by saying that the Maxus eDeliver 9 is a BIG van. Much, much bigger than your typical Vauxhall Vivaro.
Earlier large electric vans, such as the Mercedes eSprinter, were underpowered for their size which meant they often lacked range. However, the eDeliver 9 manages to provide over 200 miles of driving range in their larger battery models.
Like most modern vans, the Maxus eDeliver 9 comes with a large infotainment touchscreen which is easy to use. Alongside this, Maxus has been conscious to also include mounted controls on the steering wheel which is a big hit for drivers.
Unfortunately, the big range of this van comes with an equally big price tag. The Maxus eDeliver 9 currently has a starting price of £68,000! However, at EVision you can rent an electric van like the eDeliver 9 from just £42.25 per day here. That’s much more affordable!
Heading back to a manufacturer who is absolutely smashing the EV market, the Vauxhall Combo-e is a great smaller electric van. If you live or work in a big city and want to do your bit for the environment and cut running costs, then this could be the van for you.
The Vauxhall Combo-e comes as standard with a 50kWh battery which gives motorists around 171 miles of electric range. Factor in the 800kg payload and a load space that is completely unchanged from the diesel model, and the Combo-e becomes a great little van.
Alongside this, we found the Combo-e to be one of the nicest and quietest electric vans on the market. While EVs are known for their silent drives, electric vans are usually a bit louder thanks to their boxy bodies. Thankfully, the Vauxhall Combo-e is packed with a lot of sound-deadening materials which help keep the noise level low.
As with Vauxhall’s Vivaro-e, the Combo-e has exactly the same interior as its fuel-powered sibling. It comes with an 8-inch infotainment display as standard, which has both Apple CayPlay and Android Auto. There’s also an option to upgrade to the Navi Pro sat-nav system which includes a head-up display.
The Combo-e is competitively priced at £29,000 which is considerably cheaper than the Toyota Proace City Electric. At EVision, you can rent a Vauxhall Combo-e from £25.01 per day on both short and long term periods.
Last, but not least, is the Renault Kangoo all-electric van. The Kangoo has been available for a while now and Renault are constantly updating the van to make it more efficient. Latest models are fitted with a 59bhp electric motor which gives drivers around 120 miles of range in the real world.
It’s not just the range that has improved either. The Renault Kangoo now has a better charging time than ever before. A full charge only takes six hours on a standard 7kW home charger! Both of these upgrades make the Kangoo much more usable than before.
What’s more is the all-electric Kangoo is no different to the standard Renault Kangoo diesel van in appearance. It’s had a few facelists during its lifetime, but nothing too major. Why change what isn’t broken? Thanks to its size, we found the Renault Kangoo perfect for smaller businesses!
The Kangoo is our smallest and most affordable electric van on offer. You can rent a Renault Kangoo electric van from EVision from just £19.57 per day. Making the switch to eco-friendly driving has never been easier!
Rent an electric van today
Which electric van is your favourite? Are you ready to make the switch? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team to see how you can rent an electric van today. You can speak to our EV experts on 01634 914 063 or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* All information correct as of 23/08/2022.