The Citroen e-Berlingo electric van will prove to be a top seller and sits alongside its siblings, the Peugeot e-Partner and the Vauxhall Combo-e to bring an impressive small van to the market. For most businesses, the e-Berlingo will have the edge when it comes to capabilities and performance when compared with the Combo-e and the e-Partner. There are a lot of similarities with the diesel-powered alternatives and with a better range, the e-Berlingo should really be road-tested by firms to ensure it meets their needs.
There’s no doubt that the Toyota Proace Electric is a very good battery-powered van, and it’s a good solution for anybody looking for a medium-sized van for everyday use. The driving range is 205 miles and firms should find that this is an accurate figure when driven around town. It’s also a good electric van to lease, though van owners should appreciate that the residual values for the Proace Electric are better than most others in the segment.
For those van drivers or businesses that have put off investing in an electric van because of payload and range concerns, then the solution could be the Peugeot e-Expert. Available in three body sizes and with a range of 211 miles means the e-Expert could help a business fulfil their everyday van needs with no compromise. This van is a great vehicle to drive, particularly around town.
The Mercedes eSprinter is a very good electric van, it is comfortable and smooth to drive and feels well planted. However, the payload capacity is just 1 tonne, and the battery range is just 93 miles. Having said that, this is a well-made van and for those who want a large vehicle, it is worth shortlisting.
Let’s face it, the Isuzu D-Max has always been a sound choice for those wanting a rugged pickup to meet a range of needs. The latest offering is still a reliable workhorse, and it adds improved driving dynamics and a more refined interior. There’s no doubt too that the levels of safety equipment are class-leading. The 2021 model is a big step up from the version it replaces and can still tow 3,500kg and has a payload of 1,000kg. Opt for the luxurious versions, and you’ll have a vehicle for business during the week and family life or adventures at weekends.
One of the big attractions for the Ford Transit Custom PHEV is that it is an ideal step for businesses or van drivers considering switching to an electric van – but without having the hefty price tag. This is a plug-in hybrid electric van with a small petrol engine and an electric motor so there’s the potential for zero-emissions driving but for short periods. The van has been extensively tested in the real world by Ford and it’s a clever and capable plug-in van worth considering.
The Citroen e-Dispatch is an eye-catching offering, particularly for the price, and for those firms wanting an electric van that is based on the same platform as a diesel-powered sibling, then the e-Dispatch should meet your needs. It’s well-equipped, nice to drive but be aware that the offset driving position can make longer journeys tiresome.
It’s already won the prestigious Van of the Year 2019 award (along with its stablemates the Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo) so is the all-new Vauxhall combo worth the coveted title? The short answer is ‘Yes’ and the influence from the new Peugeot ownership makes this an impressive new offering compared to its predecessor. The Combo scored more points from the judges than the Mercedes Sprinter, which was in second place and is an excellent offering. If you’re in the market for light commercial vehicle then the Vauxhall Combo should be on your shortlist.
The Volkswagen e-Crafter is the polished and impressive product that takes the conventional sibling to new heights. It’s got the same level of comfort and quality, the great interior and lots of safety equipment. The impressive low running costs will impress and with the all-electric market growing quickly, the VW e-Crafter will find an enthusiastic market of buyers – though after its ‘official’ launch at the Commercial Vehicle Show it became apparent that the e-Crafter would not be reaching the UK in late 2018 as had been expected. And it might not be here in 2019 either. Read more to find out why.
The Renault Master ZE is certainly worth another look in a rapidly growing segment; while there will be fleet owners reluctant to take on board an electric vehicle, the Master ZE really does deliver. It also has one of the most comfortable cabins currently available and the all-round offering will impress. For those who are doing lots of drop-offs in towns and cities, the Master ZE will make economic sense and there’s no fear of running out of power before the day’s work is over. Our rating would have been five out of five but the issues over range means we have to give a lower rating.