Top 10 best electric vans 2022
Electric vans make perfect sense for businesses of all types, and the competition is hotting up fast. Here are our picks for the best zero-emissions workhorses you can buy right now
Electric vans boast a number of advantages over diesel-powered alternatives: they’re often cheaper to run, are exempt from the London Congestion Charge (until 2025) and other clean-air zone charges and offer a more relaxing and refined driving experience. So why don’t more people drive them?
Well, some early electric vans were hasty conversions from combustion-engined models that often struggled to cover more than around 100 miles on a charge. But manufacturers have stepped up their games since, with closer to 200 miles now the norm, and the latest models featuring technology just as impressive as the best passenger EVs on sale.
The Stellantis Group currently dominates the market, selling essentially identical models under the Citroen, Peugeot, Fiat and Vauxhall badges – however Ford, Renault, Nissan and Mercedes are all looking to get in on the action soon.
There’s a plethora of new electric vans of all shapes and sizes on the way, from the retro-inspired VW ID. Buzz Cargo to zero-emissions versions of Ford’s hugely popular Transit line-up. But for now, read on to find out our picks – in no particular order – for the best electric vans on sale in the UK in 2022…
An identical sister to the Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric and Vauxhall Combo-e Cargo vans profiled below, the e-Berlingo arrived in 2021 as a successor to the pioneering but by then outdated Berlingo Electric, which had been on sale since 2013. It uses the same underpinnings as Citroen's e-C4 family hatchback, so it offers a refined, car-like driving experience, as well as decent 171-mile range, fast charging speeds and up to 4.4 cubic metres of load space. Read our full review of the Citroen e-Berlingo here.
Sitting above the e-Berlingo in Citroen's zero-emissions range is the e-Dispatch. It competes with its identical sisters the Fiat E-Scudo, Toyota Proace Electric and Vauxhall Vivaro-e in the medium van category, offering up to 6.1 cubic metres of load space and two battery sizes – 50 or 75kWh – for claimed ranges of 143 or 211 miles respectively. A variety of body sizes are also available, as well as trim levels that come with a host of car-like on-board information and safety technology. Read our full review of the Citroen e-Dispatch here.
Until the Ford E-Transit showed up, the Fiat E-Ducato was the go-to choice if you needed a load volume in the 10 to 17 cubic-metre range from your electric van. It's quite expensive, especially with the larger 79kWh battery needed for the maximum 230-mile range figure, but has all the practicality and connectivity features expected from a highly dependable workhorse. The E-Transit has a few extra tricks up its sleeve, but the E-Ducato can still hold its own against the Blue Oval’s best. Read our full review of the Fiat E-Ducato here.
The E-Scudo mid-size electric van isn’t a bespoke Fiat like the larger E-Ducato. Instead, it’s a rebadged version of the Citroen e-Dispatch, Toyota Proace Electric and Vauxhall Vivaro-e, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For a start, you get the same choice of two batteries – 50 or 75kWh – for claimed driving ranges of 141 or 202 miles respectively, plus 100kW rapid-charging capability. There are also clever storage solutions throughout the cabin, while the long-wheelbase version boasts 6.1 cubic metres of cargo space, a one-tonne payload and one-tonne towing capacity. Read our full review of the Fiat E-Scudo here.
The E-Transit is the first of five zero-emissions vans on the way from Ford, featuring a 68kWh battery and an electric motor shared with the Mustang Mach-E driving the rear wheels. The van has a claimed maximum range of 196 miles from a fully charged battery and charges at up to 115kW. Additional technology on offer includes adaptive cruise control and what Ford calls a ‘ProPower Onboard’ panel for powering tools, lights, laptops and conversions such as refrigeration units. Maximum cargo space on offer is 15.1 cubic metres. Read our full review of the Ford E-Transit here.
Peugeot was one of the first to enter the compact electric van market with the original Partner Electric, but by the time it went off sale in late 2019, it was decidedly off the pace when it came to battery and charging speed. The latest e-Partner is a sister of Citroen's e-Berlingo, Toyota's Proace City Electric and Vauxhall's Combo-e Cargo, so it's much more up to date, with a 50kWh battery for a 170-mile range, 100kW rapid-charging capability and a payload of up to 800kg. Read our full review of the Peugeot e-Partner here.
Toyota Proace Electric
Toyota isn't part of the Stellantis Group, but it does have a license to rebadge some of the European giant's commercial vehicles, offering yet another spin on the Citroen, Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall models elsewhere on this list. While its vans are identical mechanically, Toyota sets itself apart by offering a 10-year warranty, as long as the van continues to be serviced by a franchised dealer. Depending on how you buy and use your vans, this could be quite the benefit. Read our full review of the Toyota Proace Electric here.
Toyota Proace City Electric
The Proace City Electric is Toyota's compact electric van, produced under the same agreement as the larger Proace Electric above. As a sister model to the Citroen e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner and Vauxhall Combo-e Cargo, it offers the same benefits as those models, including a circa-170-mile range and 100kW rapid charging, plus the kind of driving experience, interior quality an on-board technology you'd expect from a small passenger car. Read our full review of the Toyota Proace City Electric here.
Vauxhall Combo-e Cargo
The fourth of four near-identical compact electric vans on this list, the Combo-e Cargo wears a badge that has been used by small Vauxhall commercial vehicles for decades. However, it's nothing less than bang up-to-date in terms of both its electric drivetrain technology (with a 50kWh battery for a circa-170-mile range and 100kW rapid-charging capability) as well as its interior and infotainment (which will remind you of those in the Corsa-e electric supermini). Read our full review of the Vauxhall Combo-e Cargo here.
Vauxhall launched the Vivaro-e electric van in late 2020. It made an immediate impression, making other medium-sized electric vans on sale at the time such as the Volkswagen eTransporter and Mercedes eVito seem decidedly second-rate. The e-Vivaro is identical under the metal to the Citroen e-Dispatch, Fiat E-Scudo and Toyota Proace Electric that also feature on this list, with the same choice of 50 or 75kWh batteries for a 143 or 205-mile driving range. Read our full review of the Vauxhall Vivaro-e here.
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