Electric vans circumnavigate many of the emissions zones that are being deployed in the UK’s major cities, meaning drivers are exempt from charges. They make a lot of business sense as a result. In this article, we’re going to be checking out some of the big hitters in the ever-expanding market of electric vans, which has grown considerably as these vehicles have grown in popularity. Remember, too, that you’ll need to consider how you – or your business – will charge an electric van, so have a think about charging provisions.

The 10 best-used electric vans

As we’ve touched on, the variety of electric vans has expanded in recent times as these vehicles have grown in popularity while being adopted by more businesses for their fuel-saving abilities. You still have the same options as many ‘traditional’ vans, such as wheelbase length and roof height, too, so there will be an option to fit any job you’ve got in mind. So, we’re diving into some of the very best battery-powered vans that you’re able to look at today.

1. Ford E-Transit (2022-present)

The Transit is a van known by everyone. It’s a model which has been the go-to for all types of drivers over the decades, so converting something with such a backstory into a fully-fledged electric vehicle was always going to be a task. Fortunately, Ford is never one to shy away from a challenge – and the E-Transit was born.

It’s based on the regular diesel Transit but ditches the engine for a new electric motor and battery, which results in a range of up to 196 miles from a single charge. Plus, it can be charged at speeds of up to 115kW, meaning a 0-80 per cent top-up can be sorted in 34 minutes when you’re hooked up to a suitably rapid charger. There’s also a three-pin plug in the back, allowing you to use the van’s charge to power tools or top-up other devices.

Best Features

  • 196-mile range, 955kg payload.
  • Feels like a ‘normal’ Transit to drive.
  • Plenty of sizes and specifications to choose from.

Things to consider

  • Like so many vans, ride is improved once loaded.
  • Payload isn’t as high as a ‘regular’ Transit.
  • Might not look ‘different’ enough for some drivers.

2. Vauxhall Vivaro Electric (2022-present)

The Stellantis group – which owns brands such as Vauxhall, Citroen and Peugeot – has taken a collective approach with its van range. It’s why the van here – the Vivaro Electric – is similar in make up to the Citroen e-Dispatch and Peugeot e-Expert, as well as the Toyota Proace Electric and Fiat e-Scudo. Because of this, you’re able to choose from a wide number of vans which offer the same thing but have slightly different styling.

With a range of up to 205 miles the Vivaro Electric certainly has plenty in the ‘tank’, while 100kW fast-charging capacity means you can take this Vauxhall’s 50kWh battery from 0-80 per cent in half an hour, or 45 minutes if you’re going for the larger 75kWh battery version.

Best Features

  • 205-mile range, 1,275kg payload capacity.
  • Thru-loading bulkhead extends carrying ability.
  • Decent rate of charge means you don’t have to be waiting for long.

Things to consider

  • Could try sister versions if the Vauxhall doesn’t fit the bill.
  • Upgraded 11kW on-board charger makes top-ups quicker but wasn’t fitted as standard.
  • No high-roof option – only two wheelbase lengths to choose from.

3. Fiat E-Ducato (2021-present)

If you’re after versatility from your next electric van, then the Fiat E-Ducato could be the model for you. It’s available in a variety of different specifications and sizes, with three lengths and three roof heights to choose from. In its largest setting, it offers up an enormous amount of space.

With a payload of 1,900kg it’s a big-hitter in the load-carrying area, too, while a 230-mile range ensures that it can still put the miles in when you need it. You can even opt for a nine-seater passenger version if you’re after true people-carrying ability. Put simply, there’s likely to be a version of the E-Ducato that’ll fit the bill.

Best Features

  • 230-mile range, up to 1,900kg payload.
  • Great range of heights and lengths to choose from.
  • Two battery sizes to pick between.

Things to consider

  • Smaller battery will only deliver up to 146 miles of range.
  • Though large, because of its size the E-Ducato’s range will dip when fully loaded.
  • Larger versions might require an upgraded licence for certain drivers.

4. Peugeot e-Boxer (2022-present)

Peugeot has been a big believer in all things electric, which is why it offers so many battery-powered versions of its cars and vans – including this, the e-Boxer. It replaces the standard diesel engine that you’d find on the ‘normal’ Boxer with a 90kW electric motor, which is linked to either a 37 or 75kWh battery. While the 154-mile range isn’t the highest here, it’s still more than enough for zipping through the city all day.

Plus, you can charge the battery via a 50kW charger to 80 per cent in around half an hour, so it’s not bad in the top-up stakes either. There are also three lengths of Boxer to choose from, though there’s just a single roof height option. A 1,150kg payload isn’t bad by any stretch, either.

Best Features

  • 154-mile range, 1,150kg payload
  • Two battery options to choose from.
  • Good range of lengths – though only one height.

Things to consider

  • Push-button gear selector feels a bit alien to begin with.
  • Range isn’t the best here.
  • Can feel quite slow when pulling away.

5. Renault Master E-Tech (2022-present)

The Renault Master E-Tech is a large van centred around delivering loads of spaciousness with an efficient powertrain underneath. A 52kWh battery means a modest range of up to 124 miles, but there are three wheelbases and two body sizes to choose from. Renault says that the maximum payload of the Master E-Tech is up to 1,200kg, as well.

Inside, the Master E-Tech feels a lot like the diesel version upon which it is based, so if you’re relatively new to the world of electric vans then it’s easy to feel at home quickly. There’s also a handy seven-inch infotainment screen which incorporates smartphone mirroring systems so you can quickly and easily pair your device to the car.

Best Features

  • 124-mile range, 1,200kg payload.
  • User-friendly interior with decent features.
  • Plenty of variations to choose from.

Things to consider

  • Range of the Master E-Tech is quite limited compared to rivals.
  • Quite a bit of wind noise when travelling at greater speeds.
  • Does feel sluggish away from the line.

6. Maxus e Deliver 3 (2020-present)

Maxus is quite a new brand to the UK, but this Chinese-owned firm is taking a value-focused approach to its electric vans as a way of making them more appealing to drivers who still want a battery-powered vehicle, but don’t want to pay too much.

Designed as a ‘city van’, the e-Deliver three is a mid-size model which has a range of up to 151 miles when equipped with the largest battery option available. If you want a van that’s a little bit bigger, then Maxus also offers the more spacious Deliver 9 – so there definitely are options from this brand. Opt for the largest-battery Deliver 3 and you’ll get a payload of up to 905kg, though the smaller-battery version can still take a respectable 865kg.

Best Features

  • 151-mile range, 905kg payload.
  • Siding side door and large rear door make access simple.
  • Charges at a top rate of 50kW.

Things to consider

  • Since Maxxus is quite unknown, depreciation is high.
  • Interior materials are a bit budget.
  • Range is limited compared to others.

7. Peugeot e-Expert (2021-present)

As we’ve touched upon, Peugeot is really pushing for electrification which is why it has joined forces with its wider Stellantis group colleagues to create the e-Expert, which shares much of its underpinnings with the Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Toyota Proace Electric. That’s no bad thing, mind you, as this is one great all-rounder electric van thanks to a decent amount of range and, most importantly, excellent versatility.

Peugeot claims that it’ll do up to 205 miles from a single charge (or 143 miles with a smaller battery option) while a clever ‘B’ mode allows you to maximise the amount of regenerative braking. Essentially, this turns the energy that you’d otherwise lose when slowing down into extra power for the batteries – lift the throttle and the van will start to slow down. It’s a little strange to begin with but, around town, you really start using it instead of the traditional brake.

Best Features

  • 205-mile range, 1,000kg payload
  • Compact, Standard and Long body lengths to choose from.
  • Good charging speed of 100kW means you don’t have to be waiting around for long when topping up.

Things to consider

  • Regular diesel version offers 400kg of extra payload.
  • Smaller battery brings a limited range.
  • Cabin area feels a bit tight compared to rivals.

8. Renault Kangoo Z.E (2014-2021)

Want an electric van which feels a little more ‘car-like’ in size? Step forward, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. It’s the same size and name as Renault’s much-loved MPV, but ditches the petrol or diesel engine in favour an electric motor and battery which can deliver up to 106 miles of range. Not a lot, we’ll admit, but more than enough for darts around the city.

In fact, it’s the urban environment which the Kangoo has always been targeted towards and the electric Z.E makes even more sense thanks to its zero-emissions nature. It’s available in both standard and ‘Maxi’ body sizes, too, with the latter being a better choice for drivers who need just a little extra space from this compact goods-mover.

Best Features

  • 106-mile range, 650kg payload.
  • Small proportions make the Kangoo great in the city.
  • Cheap replacement parts make this frugal to run.

Things to consider

  • A lot of Kangoos used a battery lease scheme – you’ll still have to pay for the battery on top of your purchase cost.
  • Very slow, but this does suit the urban nature of the Kangoo.
  • Can’t be fast charged, but a small battery means a five-hour full top-up.

9. Mercedes e-Vito (2020-present)

The Mercedes Vito is one of the most popular vans about, so it was only natural that the German vehicle maker would produce an electric version. In fact, it broke new ground for the three-pronged star, being the firm’s first electric van to arrive in the UK. Needless to say, plenty of features and technology were thrown its way.

Early versions of the e-Vito delivered just 93 miles of range, but recent revisions have seen this increased to 162 miles, so if you’re after the most long-distance electric e-Vito, we’d definitely be opting for one of these models. Like others here, it simply replaces the diesel engine you’d find in the standard Vito with an electric motor, so you still get the same familiar surroundings as the ‘normal’ version but with that smooth-running battery powertrain underneath. What’s not to like?

Best Features

  • 162-mile range (in latest version), 923kg payload, 898kg in long ‘L3’ version.
  • Feels zippy when travelling at lower speeds.
  • Looks classy – just as you’d expect from a Mercedes.

Things to consider

  • Can’t match payload or range of rivals.
  • Quite expensive to begin with.
  • Starts to run out of puff over 70mph.

10. Nissan e-NV200 (2014-2023)

Nissan was one of the forebears of the electric car scene with its iconic Leaf and it didn’t waste time in transferring these learnings into a battery-powered van. The result was the e-NV200 and, in typical Nissan fashion, this van’s no-nonsense approach turned it into a big hit – and one which is readily available in the used market today.

A 124-mile range is more than enough for nipping around day-to-day, while earlier versions produced before 2018 will bring a still-respectable range of up to 106 miles, produced under the older NEDC testing system. Later models can be charged to 80 per cent in around 50 minutes, or just over seven hours via a 7kW home wallbox. Unlike others here, the e-NV200 is only available in one body length but, you could argue, this makes deciding on which one is for you much easier. There is, however, a higher-roof version – though this was made by a third-party converter.

Best Features

  • 124-mile range (latest versions), 705kg payload.
  • Compact size makes it ideal for around-town use.
  • Popularity means there are plenty of choose from in the used market.

Things to consider

  • Payload isn’t the highest – this is definitely for more lightweight jobs.
  • Older versions have quite a small range.
  • No choice of lengths or roof heights on standard version.

Why should you buy an electric van?

An electric van poses the opportunity for far lower running costs than a traditional petrol or diesel alternative. Since you’re just going by battery power alone, electric vans can be used in inner-city areas where emissions charges are often enforced – a big cost-saving measure to those working in urban areas.

After all, time on the road is money, so any breakdowns are costly both in terms of repairs and lost earnings. With fewer moving parts, an electric van is more reliable than a petrol or diesel version, so you can spend more time getting the job done than waiting for repairs to be sorted.

What to consider when buying an electric van

There are a number of things to consider before diving into electric van ownership. Let’s take a look.

Access to charging

Being able to charge your electric van reliably is crucial. If it’s for work, then it’s likely that your employer will have charging in place, particularly if they’re looking at electric vans already. If it’s for a smaller business, then you might want to check that there’s provision to charge on-site, or you may need a charger installed at home. Public charging has improved massively over recent years, but having a charger at home is still much easier.


If the out-and-out carrying is what you need, then the payload is all-important. Many of the electric vans we’ve looked at have a decent payload, but nearly all of them are surpassed by their petrol or diesel equivalents, mainly due to the weight of the batteries. It’s worth considering whether this is something which could impact your work.


Many of the electric vans on this list are focused on urban use. Yes, some of them have longer ranges, but the vast majority centre around inner-city driving. If you’re looking to use a van for longer distance journeys, then it’s still possible with one of these battery-powered models; you’ll need to factor in charging time.