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Your guide to electric vans

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Electric vans have been revolutionising the roads recently as a greener and cheaper way to travel, perfect for day-to-day lifestyles or weekend trips away. While once they may have seemed like a something straight out of a sci-fi movie, electric vans are set to become increasingly popular.

  • Electric vans have increased in popularity recently
  • Many models are able to do over 100 miles before needing a recharge
  • They’re eco-friendly, budget-friendly and require less maintenance
 
There’s plenty of reasons you should choose an electric van, including cost, environmental impact and performance. Read our ultimate guide to see if electric vans are right for you, find out about the manufacturers paving the way for future developments and how to sort out van insurance for your vehicle.

Why go electric?

The main reason to go electric is the impact on the environment. Electric vans are eco-friendly and help to reduce your carbon footprint. But there are other benefits of going electric including:

  1. They are cheaper to run. The costs to charge up an electric van are much cheaper than petrol, especially if you charge your vehicle at home.
  2. You can charge them at home. Never again will you have the struggle of loading your van with heavy equipment, only to find it low on petrol. Instead, you can ensure you get a full charge overnight, ready for whatever the next day brings.
  3. They are set for the future. The UK Government have stated their plans to ban the sales of all new petrol or diesel vans by 2040 in the attempt to reduce road emissions. This means making the switch to an electric van for weekend trips or leisure activities puts you in a comfortable position when the policy comes into effect on all vehicles.

On top of all these benefits, the government is currently offering grants to manufacturers producing electric vehicles. This means you can buy an electric van at a discounted price.

Best electric vans 

The market for electric vans is continuously growing. While before you may have had your pick of a handful of electric manufacturers, now, big names are getting behind the power of electric with new models constantly being announced.

Here’s a few manufacturers who are investing in a greener world:

 

Renault

Renault have been creating electric vans since 2011 with many more exciting developments in the pipeline. They currently have two models, Kangoo Z.E. and Master, both of which are part of the government’s grant scheme, saving the planet and your wallet.

Their Kangoo Z.E. line is perfect if you’re a casual owner, looking for a compact van for your hobbies or leisure activities. They also feature low consumption tyres, energy recovery systems and an Energy Recovery mode.

 

Nissan

Nissan are relatively new to the electric van scene, releasing their first and only 100% electric model, the e-NV200. While it may be smaller in size, it can travel up to 187 miles and rapidly recharges in under an hour - ideal for long weekends away.

It was even named the UK’s and Europe’s best-selling electric van in 2016. They also have plans to release a combi version in the future which can transform from a 7-seater people carrier to a fully functioning van.

 

Peugeot

Peugeot released their first electric vehicle in 1941, to help with petrol rationing during the war, so it was high time they released an electric van. They announced their Peugeot Partner Electric back in 2013, which was replaced in 2019 with a newer version, offering more charging power and range.

They offer up to 106 miles of charge and a top speed of 68mph. It’s also eligible for a discount as part of the government’s grant, which is automatically taken off the price, and comes with an 8-year warranty.

 

Ones to watch out for

Volkswagen recently announced their plans to release three models of electric vans, one for city streets, one for local journeys and one for powerful loading.

Mercedes have also jumped on the trend after the success of their hybrid vehicles, with several releases planned in the near future.
 

What about van insurance?

Insuring your electric van works the same way as it would with a petrol or diesel vehicle, so switching your insurance over to an electric van should be fuss-free. LV= will even recover you to the nearest chargepoint if you run out of charge in the UK in an electric van.

 

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