Exploring the Electric Van Frontier: Unveiling Impressive Range Performers

For those venturing into the realm of purchasing a brand-new electric van, a burning question often arises: How far can it go before requiring a recharge? And what are the longest range electric vans in 2023?

As technology progresses, range capabilities are steadily improving, yet significant disparities remain among manufacturers and models. Admittedly electric vans have taken the back seat to cars although they are now getting some focus and progress is being made.

It’s important to note that range shouldn’t be the sole factor influencing your decision when selecting the ideal electric van. Vans with more modest ranges may possess distinct advantages in other areas, necessitating a comprehensive evaluation of your specific needs. Before delving into the top 10 electric vans ranked by range, it’s crucial to emphasize this aspect.

Whenever possible, we’ll reference the official WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure) range provided by manufacturers, highlighting the model within each range that boasts the highest figure.

It’s worth mentioning that, in certain cases, achieving the maximum range may require opting for an upgraded battery pack at an additional cost.

Keep in mind that the figures presented here are solely for comparative purposes, as real-world conditions such as payload, weather, and driving circumstances can all impact the actual range attainable without a recharge.

Top 14 Longest range electric vans in 2023

  1. VW ID. Buzz Cargo – 256 miles
  2. Renault Zoe Van – 245 miles
  3. Arrival Van (not yet launched) – 233 miles
  4. Maxus eDeliver9 – 219 miles
  5. Vauxhall Vivaro-E, Peugeot E-Expert & Citroen E-Dispatch – 205 miles
  6. Toyota Proace Electric – 205 miles
  7. Ford E-Transit: -196 miles
  8. Maxus eDeliver 9 – 185 miles
  9. Vauxhall Combo-E, Citroen E-Berlingo, Peugeot E-Partner & Toyota Proace City Electric – 175 miles
  10. Renault Kangoo E-Tech – 186 miles
  11. Mercedes-Benz eVito – 162 miles
  12. Maxus eDeliver 3 – 151 miles
  13. Fiat E-Ducato’s – 148 miles
  14. Vauxhall Movano-e, Citroen e-Relay & Peugeot eBoxer – 139 miles

Quite a few of these models are now available to buy on the second hand market (you can see a sample on eBay below to give an idea of value)

The longest range electric van of 2023…

At the time of writing this, the electric van with the longest range is the VW ID. Buzz Cargo with a starting price of £48,421 for the basic model and raising to £53,521 for the ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce Plus.

The technology is still quite a lot more expensive than the more conventional VW Transporter with petrol or diesel engines. For those needing long distance travel the electric van technology still has some way to come although there are of course benefits that cannot be ignored from switching to electric.

So what are the benefits of the VW ID Cargo? Let us take a look:

  1. Impressive Electric Range: With its advanced electric drivetrain, the ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce Plus offers an impressive electric range, allowing you to cover more distance on a single charge. Say goodbye to range anxiety and embrace the freedom of electric mobility.
  2. Spacious and Versatile Cargo Area: The ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce Plus provides a spacious and versatile cargo area, allowing you to transport goods and equipment with ease.
  3. Cutting-Edge Connectivity: Utilise the latest digital tools and software to streamline your business operations, manage routes, monitor vehicle performance, and stay connected on the go.
  4. Innovative Charging Solutions: The ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce Plus offers innovative charging solutions. Benefit from fast charging capabilities and take advantage of a growing network of charging stations..
  5. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: Features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and emergency braking help enhance safety, reduce driver fatigue, and provide a more enjoyable driving experience.
  6. Eco-Friendly and Sustainable: As an all-electric vehicle, it produces zero tailpipe emissions, contributing to a cleaner and greener environment.
  7. Iconic Design and Brand Recognition: You have to admit the VW ID is a pretty cool looking motor – Benefit from the brand recognition and positive association with Volkswagen’s rich heritage..
  8. Enhanced Practicality: The ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce Plus combines style with practicality. Its sliding doors and rear hatch provide easy access to the cargo area similar to that of the VW Transporter range.
  9. Cost Savings and Efficiency: Switching to an electric vehicle like the ID. Buzz Cargo Commerce Plus can lead to significant cost savings in the long run. Enjoy reduced fuel and maintenance costs, as electric vehicles have fewer moving parts and require less frequent servicing. Take advantage of tax incentives, ULEZ savings and government grants available for electric vehicle adoption.

Hopefully in the coming years the range will improve further and the costs will come down. Presently there are huge waiting lists for these vehicles and you can’t even get a test drive in most location in the UK at least.

VW Transporter VS the VW ID

This is a key discussion point at the minute, how does the new VW ID electric van stack up against the VW Transporter ABT e-Transporter 6.1?

Both are availbe for sale through the VW dealerships and quite a few ABT e-Transporter 6.1’s have dropped onto the second hand market in recent months. although there is distinct a shortage for both models. The ABT e-Transporter 6.1 was always planned to be a temporary addition to the VW fleet to help meet the growing demand for electric vans prior to the VW ID being launched.

With a claimed range of only 82 miles the ABT e-Transporter 6.1 is at a disticnt disadvantage against the VW ID from the outset. The milage limitation has meant that the VW Transporter in electric form has been relatively unpopular as it only really works for drivers that plan to do very short trips and stay local.

The VW Transporter Hybrid continues to be the much more popular choice within the market.

The ABT e-Transporter 6.1 does still have a few advantages up it’s sleeve however. The obvious one being its size and payload ability vs the VW ID which is quite a bit smaller.

Consumers that are loyal to the VW Transporter (of which there are many!) have been a little slow to warm to the new futuristic shaped VW ID despite it’s clear advantages when it comes to electirc range.

How to get the longest range in an electric van

Unleash the full potential of your electric vehicle with these ingenious strategies to enhance its range and optimize your driving experience:

  1. Eco-Friendly Driving: Embrace a gentle and smooth driving style, avoiding sudden accelerations and harsh braking. Maintain a steady speed whenever possible and anticipate traffic conditions to minimize energy consumption.
  2. Regenerative Braking: Make the most of regenerative braking technology, which converts kinetic energy into electric energy and stores it back in the battery. This feature allows you to recharge your vehicle while decelerating or braking, increasing overall range.
  3. Efficient Tyre Maintenance: Keep your tyres properly inflated to the recommended pressure, as underinflated tyres increase rolling resistance and reduce efficiency. Regularly check and maintain tyre pressure to maximize range and improve overall performance.
  4. Minimize Excessive Weight: Travel light by removing unnecessary items from your vehicle. Extra weight places an additional burden on the battery, diminishing range. Prioritise essentials and declutter your vehicle for optimal efficiency.
  5. Smart Route Planning: Plan your journeys wisely by utilising apps or built-in navigation systems that incorporate charging stations into your route. Opt for routes that offer convenient charging options along the way, reducing range anxiety and ensuring a smoother journey.
  6. Preconditioning: Take advantage of your vehicle’s pre-conditioning feature. Use it to heat or cool the interior while the vehicle is still connected to the charging station. This allows you to optimise the cabin temperature without draining the battery, ensuring a comfortable ride without compromising range.
  7. Minimise Energy-Draining Accessories: Limit the use of energy-intensive accessories such as air conditioning, heated seats, and entertainment systems when not necessary. While they add comfort, they also consume valuable energy, impacting the overall range.
  8. Optimal Charging Practices: Develop a charging routine that maximizes efficiency. Avoid frequently charging to 100% unless necessary, as it puts additional stress on the battery. Aim for charging between 20-80% capacity, which is considered the optimal range for preserving battery health and prolonging its lifespan.
  9. Utilise Eco-Mode: Activate the eco-mode or equivalent setting in your vehicle to optimise energy consumption. This mode adjusts various vehicle systems, including throttle response and climate control, to maximize efficiency and extend range.
  10. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with software updates and manufacturer recommendations for optimising range. Regularly check for firmware updates and stay informed about improvements and advancements that may enhance your vehicle’s performance.

By implementing these tips and adopting an eco-conscious mindset, you can unlock the true potential of your electric vehicle, extending its range and embracing a greener, more efficient future of transportation

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