4 New Electric Vans Just Hit The UK & European Markets

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 03:51:48 +0000

Published on July 30th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

July 30th, 2020 by  

It’s amazing what the threat of massive fines can do for automakers. The European Union has been getting serious about the need for automakers to clean up their fleets, and all of a sudden we’re getting a lot more vehicle models and automakers are actually trying to sell them!

That applies to light-duty vans as well as passenger cars and SUVs. In fact, just in the past week, I’ve seen automakers announce a whopping 4 new electric van models.

First of all, we’ve got the fully electric Peugeot e-Expert. You can now order the e-Expert in the UK, with a starting price of £25,053 (excluding VAT but after the Plug-in Van Grant).

The e-Expert can come as a crew van or a panel van, and it is offered in three trims based on wheelbase: Compact, Standard and Long.

There are two battery options as well (50 kWh or 70 kWh), providing the van with a range of either 148 or 211 miles (according to the WLTP testing cycle).

Up to 100 kW rapid charging is possible and for slower, more common charging, you’ve got an 11 kW Wallbox charging option.

“The new PEUGEOT e-Expert is available in three trims: S, Professional and Asphalt. S models are available on the Standard wheelbase, with Professional models available in Compact, Standard and Long wheelbases. Asphalt trim level vehicles come with the Standard wheelbase.” Going further, here’s how Peugeot differentiates the trims:

“In S trim, customers benefit from DAB radio with Bluetooth®, cruise control with variable speed limiter, remote central locking with deadlocking, daytime running lights and a full steel bulkhead. In addition, S trim also features PEUGEOT Connect SOS & Assistance.

Professional level vehicles feature a seven-inch capacitive colour touchscreen with DAB radio, Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto and a coffee break alert which comes on after two hours of continuous driving. Also included is Moduwork® dual passenger bench seat with fold-up outer seats, a fold-down writing table in the central seat back and added storage features.

“Top of the range Asphalt models come standard with PEUGEOT Connected 3D Navigation with voice recognition, a head-up display, Lane Departure Warning System and Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation. Also standard is Park Assist 180, with a 180-degree rear parking camera and front and rear sensors.

“New PEUGEOT e-Expert models in Asphalt trim also features the Video Advance Emergency Braking System, Collision Alert and Forward Collision Warning technology as standard.”

Secondly, we’ve got the all-ëlectric Citroën ë-Dispatch van. You can now order it in the UK. The starting price is £25,053 (excluding VAT but after the Plug-in Van Grant).

Load volume = 6.6 m3, payload max capacity = 1,262 kg. Rated range of either 148 or 211 miles (WLTP testing cycle). Perhaps you noticed something by now. Yes, the ë-Dispatch and the e-Expert are basically the same van. Aside from branding and minor differences in specs that may or may not be due to the aerodynamics and weight of the different company emblems.

Thought you already heard about Citroën’s new van? Maybe you’re confusing it with one of the other models the company launched in 2020, the Ami, C5 Aircross PHEV, ë-C4, ë-Dispatch, or ë-SpaceTourer. What did I say about heavy fines incentivizing more EV availability?

Here are some more details on the ë-Dispatch from Citroën, including different options with regards to sizes/trims:

Three trim levels available

The all-ëlectric Citroën ë-Dispatch comes in three well-specified trim levels to meet the needs of fleet and business users:

Compact dimensions and three lengths to choose from

Choice of two operating ranges

The warranty period for the battery is eight years or 100,000 miles for up to 70% of battery capacity (battery capacity certification at each service).

Three re-charging solutions and the option of deferred charging

The same market-leading features as the rest of the Dispatch van range

Well, this is certainly an odd one. Especially so with the apparent van that looks just like a little Renault ZOE car. Despite my eyes deceiving me, the vehicle pictured above (and below) is a “New ZOE car-derived van.”

“The All-New ZOE Van is capable of travelling up to 245 miles on a charge, and uses the same powerful 52kWh battery pack and 80kW R110 electric motor as the New ZOE supermini.” It’s a light commercial vehicle (LCV) that comes in two trims, Business and Business+. It offers one cubic meter of cargo space (1,205 mm of length in the load bay and maximum load width of 1,110 mm.) and a 5-year/100,000-mile warranty.

The ZOE Van includes a 50 kW charging option, which can give a 90 mile boost in 30 minutes. It includes 22 kW charging by default, which can fill up the battery from empty in 3 hours.

Here are details on the different trims:

Business Trim

Business+ Trim

This joins other Renault PRO+ electric commercial vehicles that have been on the market for years, the Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E.

Details on the infotainment system can be found here.

Ending on the more expensive side of the market, a brand new electric van from Mercedes-Benz, the EQV, comes with a hefty price tag. Starting prices for the different trims are:

What do you get for this much money? Well, you get a 90 kWh battery with 213 miles of range (WLTP), 204 hp, 364 Nm of torque, and a 10–80% fast charge in 45 minutes. You also get the “MBUX infotainment system with EQ-specific features.”

The Sport also includes:

The most expensive trim also comes with:

Any other thoughts on these electric vans? Any new electric vans we’re still neglecting?

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