New electric vans arriving in 2022
The electric-van market has taken off in the last couple of years, with numerous new models launched by manufacturers and even more on the way...
With several UK cities implementing or planning clean-air zones and London expanding its existing low-emissions zones, petrol and diesel-powered vans are becoming ever-more expensive to operate in key urban areas. This means electric vans will become increasingly important to keep businesses working.
Many models are already available and if you're a business owner, or run a van for daily errands, switching to electric could save you a fortune – both in exemptions from congestion charges and reduced running costs. Plus, they're easy to lease and as technology develops, electric vans' ranges and payloads are improving. Here's a rundown of the most important new electric vans coming to the UK in 2022.
Sitting above the e-Berlingo and e-Dispatch in the Citroen range, the e-Relay is offered with two battery sizes: 37 or 70kWh. The former gives the van a claimed 73-mile range, while the latter can cover 139 miles before needing a top-up. The shorter-range battery is offered with the L2 body length exclusively, while the longer-range is available with the L3 and L4 lengths. All body lengths are available in panel-van form, while the L3 offers the option of a chassis cab and the L4 a window van. Maximum payload is from 740 to 1,150kg and maximum load volume is from 11.5 to 15 cubic metres. Read our full review of the e-Relay here.
The Citroen e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric and Vauxhall Combo-e Cargo have all been on sale for a while, but there's still one more badge-engineered sister model to come in this group. Wearing the familiar Doblo nameplate used on many Fiat light vans over the years, the newcomer gets the same 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery as its stablemates, for a 173-mile range on a full charge. Maximum torque is 260Nm and top speed is 80mph. Fiat will offer the E-Doblo in the UK as either a panel van or crew van, in both short and long-wheelbase forms. Both have a maximum payload of 800kg; the long-wheelbase version has a maximum load volume of 4.4 cubic metres. Read more about the E-Doblo here.
An identical sister model to the Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e, the E-Scudo is another product of technology sharing between Stellantis Group brands. It gets the same 134bhp electric motor and choice of 50 or 75kWh batteries as those models, for ranges of 143 and 205 miles respectively, along with 100kW rapid-charging capability for swift top-ups. Read our full Fiat E-Scudo review here.
Ford's E-Transit is powered by a 265bhp electric motor and 67kWh battery, with a claimed range of 217 miles. It's offered in panel-van, double-cab-in-van and chassis-cab versions as part of a line-up of 25 possible configurations, including different wheelbase lengths and body heights. The van is also be packed with up-to-date driver-assistance, safety and fleet-management systems, putting it in a class of its own when compared to less sophisticated rivals. Read our full Ford E-Transit review here.
Mercedes, Nissan and Renault have a history of collaborating to produce compact vans, and that agreement continues into the electric era. The eCitan is a sister model of the Nissan Townstar and Renault Kangoo E-TECH below, and both its load space and payload are expected to match its diesel and petrol-powered counterparts. A single electric motor to power the front wheels will produce 101bhp and 245Nm of torque, while top speed will be just over 80mph. Read more about the eCitan here.
This is Nissan's equivalent of the Mercedes eCitan (above) and Renault Kangoo E-TECH (below). Serving as a replacement for the now pretty outdated Nissan e-NV200, the Townstar incorporates design cues inspired by Nissan's Ariya electric family SUV, with distinctive LED headlamps and a smoothed-off front end. It gets a 44kWh battery for a claimed range of 177 miles – a significant increase on the e-NV200's official figure of 124 miles. Read more about the Townstar here.
A sister model to the Citroen e-Relay and Vauxhall Movano-e, the e-Boxer is offered in three body lengths (L2, L3 and L4) and a single height (H2), offering up to 15 cubic metres of load volume and a maximum payload of up to 1,150kg. Power comes from a 120bhp electric motor, fed by either a 37 or 70kWh battery. The smaller battery is available with the L2 and L3 body lengths and gives the van a 73-mile range, while the larger can be fitted to the L3 and L4 versions, for 139 miles' range. The e-Boxer comes with 22kW fast charging as standard; it's capable of taking an 80% charge in an hour. Read our e-Boxer review here.
Renault Kangoo E-TECH
With the outgoing electric Kangoo lagging behind the competition, Renault has announced its replacement. Now known as the Kangoo E-TECH in line with the rest of the brand's electrified models, the van gets a 45kWh battery for a claimed range of up to 186 miles according to official testing. Charging capability has also been significantly improved, with up to 80kW rapid charging now standard. Renault says this will allow over 100 miles of range to be added in around 30 minutes. Wallbox charging at either 11kW or 7.4kW is also possible, with the former taking just under four hours to replenish the battery from 10 to 80% capacity and the latter doing the same in six hours. Read more about the new Kangoo E-TECH here.
The mid-size Vauxhall Vivaro-e went on sale in late 2021, completing the British brand's zero-emissions light-commercial vehicle line-up, which also includes the Combo-e and Vivaro-e. A sister model to the Citroen e-Relay and Peugeot e-Boxer above, the Movano comes with a 75kWh battery, for a 154-mile range. It uses a single 120bhp electric motor and there's a choice of two wheelbase lengths (L3 and L4) for a maximum cargo volume of up to 17 cubic metres – the same as the latest diesel Movano. The maximum payload of 2,100kg is also identical to what the diesel can manage. Read more about the Vauxhall Movano-e here.
Volkswagen ID. Buzz
Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated van on this list, the ID. Buzz differs from almost all of its competitors in that it's built on dedicated electric-vehicle architecture, rather than being adapted from a combustion-engined van platform. Under the metal, it uses parts from the same VW Group electric-car 'toolkit' that underpin the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback and Skoda Enyaq iV SUV. Read our review of a prototype version here.
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