The Vauxhall Movano-e completes the electric line-up for the British vehicle maker. It now sits alongside the excellent Vivaro-e, and the Combo-e to give firms and private users a great, battery-powered van to consider. While the headline figure of 139 miles of range is for the larger battery, careful thought needs to be given before opting for the smaller battery delivering 72 miles of range.
It’s one of the most popular small vans in the UK, and the new Vauxhall Combo-e builds on its sibling’s good points. There is a zero-emissions range of 171 miles and a useful load volume of 4.4 m³. Be aware though that the Combo-e uses the same platform as the Peugeot e-Partner and the Citroen e-Berlingo – so check prices and dealer networks before signing up.
One of the big issues for any firm thinking of switching from diesel-powered transport to battery power is the question of range. With the Maxus e Deliver9, drivers get a range of 219 miles and a spacious van. The e Deliver9 has zero emissions with low running and maintenance costs. For those who may not be aware, the Maxus is the rebadged LDV range.
The ever-popular Ford Transit is a staple of van fleets around the UK, and the latest model is a great van to drive, packed with equipment and delivers impressive efficiency. It’s following in some big footsteps but with a wide range of payload weights and body styles, plus the no-nonsense abilities, the Ford Transit still sets the bar in an increasingly competitive segment.
The Renault Master ZE is an electric van with a wide appeal and a GVW of 3.5 tonnes. That makes it an attractive option for many businesses and an update in 2020 saw the 33kWh battery delivering a range of 124 miles. That makes the Master ZE an ideal carrier for multidrop around town, though for long distance carriers, you will need to plan prudently recharging locations. It’s a spacious and impressive large van in an increasingly competitive segment.
The Peugeot e-Partner is a well-designed and well-made electric van that goes on sale in late 2021. It’s the sibling to the likes of the Vauxhall Combo-e and the Citroen e-Berlingo. There’s a lot to like with a range of 171 miles and it has the firm’s unique i-Cockpit interior to help set it apart from its close relations. Also, this latest version of the e-Partner is nothing like the previous model in handling, comfort and battery range.
The new Maxus e Deliver 3 is an impressive electric van that offers a driving range of 200 miles. For those who may not be aware, this is the rebadged LDV EV30 and it is a rival to the likes of the Nissan eNV200 and the Renault Kangoo ZE. There are two wheelbase versions, two battery capacities and because it has been designed from the start as a compact electric van, which makes the Maxus e Deliver 3 a nice EV to drive.
The Citroen e-Relay electric van is an interesting addition to the segment. Unveiled in 2021, the e-Relay, which is also known as the e-Jumper in other countries, has two battery choices and a range of either 73 miles or 139 miles. It’s the firm’s largest van and completes their bid to have electric choices for all of their models. It should meet a range of business and fleet needs, and the Citroen e-Relay is a comfortable and stylish van to drive. However, it is fairly identical to the Vauxhall Movano-e and the Peugeot e-Boxer since they are all built on the same platform.