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In a major boost for the town, Luton will begin production of new electric models next year for the entire range of Stellantis medium vans sold in the UK.

The plant will mostly be producing right-hand-drive versions of the Stellantis range of vans that include the Vauxhall Vivaro Electric, Peugeot E-Expert, Citroën ë-Dispatch and Fiat Professional E-Scudo. However, the site will also be used to produce some left-hand-drive versions of the same models for export as well as the Opel Vivaro Electric.

Production will begin in the first half of 2025 in limited numbers, and the electric vans will be produced alongside their internal combustion engine counterparts.

Luton joins Ellesmere Port as the second electric model manufacturing site for Stellantis vans in the UK.

Ellesmere Port was announced as the manufacturing site for all versions of the Citroen e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Fiat e-Doblo and Vauxhall Combo Electric in September last year, following a £100m investment to transform the plant for EV production. It is also became the first Stellantis plant globally to be dedicated to electric vehicle manufacturing.

Stellantis is currently the best-selling van manufacturer in Europe with a 30.4% market share in 2023. Their electric vehicles also have a 38.8% of the European market, while in the UK that figure rises to 47.9%. Vauxhall was the best-selling electric van manufacturer with 6,402 sales out of Stellantis' total UK sales of 10,272 vans. The majority of Vauxhall's electric van sales were for the Vivaro Electric as the number one electric van in the UK.

Vauxhall's Luton plant began life in 1905 and have been producing the Vivaro van since 2001. When Stellantis acquired Vauxhall and production was switched over from producing Renault-based vans to the Peugeot-Citroen model, the plant also took on group production of medium-sized vans, adding the Fiat Scudo in 2022.

Mark Noble, Luton Plant Director & Stellantis UK Manufacturing Lead, said: “Following the transformation of our Ellesmere Port facility to produce all-electric compact vans, I’m pleased to announce that we will commence limited production of our medium electric van in Luton from next year, when the first customer vehicles will roll off the production line. This is a fitting way to mark Luton’s 120th anniversary.”

Luton produced more than 90,000 vans last year, all of which were ICE models.

Citroën will enter the camper market after showing a new Type Holidays camper at the Düsseldorf Caravan Show which mimics the famous Type H van.

The new camper is a one-off built on the Citroen SpaceTourer model with a pop-up roof, bench seat that converts into a bed, fold-down table eating area and a kitchen.

Designed to look like the H van – most commonly found now as mobile food trucks at trendy street food markets – the concept is the first in what will become a range of campers built on the Citroen SpaceTourer model with the same interior layout as the H van.

The Type Holidays camper is the work of Italian coachbuilder Caselani who have in the past also created other ‘neo-retro’ bodies of Citroen models.

It gets a pop-up roof, which is high enough to allow someone to stand upright in the living space area. It is also large enough to fit a double bed, giving the van space for four when using the fold flat bed of the rear bench seats. The rear bench seat is also completely removable to improve storage space, while the two front seats are swivelling captain chairs that can rotate to the living area to give comfortable four seat dining around the fold-out table.

There’s a complete kitchen with a cooking area, mini sink and fridge as well as several storage cupboards for pots and pans.

The retro exterior styling imitates the corrugated look of the original Type H van but combined with a modern interior suitable for a family getaway. Although Citroen is the second largest supplier of motorhome chassis in Europe, the Type Holidays is the beginning of a new line of camper van models set to be part of the Citroen range.

Citroen says that the brand will introduce a dedicated range of camper vans that will be sold through the Citroën network, in the coming months. More details will be available later on in the year.

Fiat has unveiled the Fiat Topolino based on the Citroen Ami and Citroen Ami Cargo.

The Topolino is an all-electric quadricycle that aims to enhance urban electric mobility while embodying the spirit of its namesake and iconic Fiat 500.

Designed to bring a fresh sense of la dolce vita to city streets, the Topolino caters to a wide range of customers, including younger drivers, families, and urban enthusiasts. Fiat's objective is to offer accessible and sustainable mobility solutions for everyone.

The chosen name, Topolino, holds a significant historical value and immediately evokes memories of the first Fiat 500.

The original Topolino, produced by Fiat between 1936 and 1955, revolutionised the automotive industry and became an icon in its own right.

Unlike the Citroen Ami, there are no plans for the Fiat Topolino to be made available in right hand drive. There are also no indications that there will be a commercial vehicle version of the electric van. Originally launched as a Citroen product, the Ami is available as the Citroen Ami Cargo, a compact van with a miniature payload and load volume.

The Citroen Ami Cargo has 400-litres of storage the equivalent of 0.4 cubic metres. It also gets a payload of 140kg. That's because it uses the allowance you’d have for a passenger.

The Fiat Topolino will only be available as a passenger version, with just two seats. The car has a roll top roof and rope doors. It is very similar in design to the limited edition Citroen Ami Buggy. The retractable roof is made in brown cloth, but there's also cream leather upholstery.

Just like the Citroen Ami, the Topolino is limited to a top speed of 28mph and has a range of 46 miles.

Fiat aims to have an all-electric line-up by 2027. It has already launched electric commercial vehicle versions of the Fiat E-Doblo, Fiat E-Scudo and Fiat E-Ducato.

There has been an huge jump in the number of small electric vans being brought to market in 2022 and with technology moving so quickly it’s hard to keep up.

Buyers are understandably wary of committing to new technologies and their capabilities can vary widely.

Van Reviewer is here to make it easier for you, though, with a round-up of the best small electric vans in 2022. Despite out focus being on the best small electric vans of 2022, they do still come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, there’s also cheap and cheerful to proper premium passenger car-based electric vans and hybrids too.

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We rank them in order of what we like best, but to be honest they’re all really good – so check out our little verdict on each.

We'll start off with our second choice on the list....

2. Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo - best small electric vans 2022 runner-up

Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo against a blue and purple background

The Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo is a brand-new electric van that takes its inspiration from the classic Volkswagen Type 2 campervan.

It sits between the Volkswagen Caddy and the Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 in the Volkswagen range in terms of its size and is built on Volkswagen’s shared MEB electric drivetrain platform. Despite being a van, with a load volume of up to 3.9m3 and 650kg, the ID Buzz Cargo actually borrows many of its features from Volkswagen’s passenger car models including the Volkswagen ID.3 and the Volkswagen ID.4 passenger cars.

A 150kW motor powers the van, producing 310Nm of torque in the process. There is currently just one battery option, a 82kWh unit providing a claimed range of up to 256 miles. Charging from 5% to 80% can be done in less than 30 minutes thanks to a maximum charge rate of up to 170kW on a DC charger.

For those needing more payload, a smaller battery pack size is likely to be added to the line-up reducing range but pushing capacity to around 750kg.

Two trim levels are available, Commerce and Commerce Plus, with entry-level models receiving a high level of equipment including LED headlight, a heated driver’s seat, front and rear parking sensors, 10” touchscreen and wireless App-Connect for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Commerce Plus models get Adaptive Cruise Control, keyless entry, Park Assist Plus with memory function which allows you to effectively record difficult parking manoeuvres to be automatically repeated. There are also safety features including driver assistance systems like Travel Assist, Lane Assist, Side Assist and Emergency Assist.

Prices start from £38,125 and includes three services and an MoT.

VERDICT: The Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo’s biggest problem is its price but if you can get over that it is a brilliantly trendy, practical and accomplished van. It’s really a passenger car at heart, but unlike so many where the seats are removed and some blacked out windows added, the ID Buzz Cargo has been co-developed as one so it gets the best of both worlds. Loads of smart tech, super-fast charging, and reasonably good at both volume and payload. It's very nearly the best small electric van of 2022.

3. Citroen e-Berlingo / Peugeot e-Partner / Toyota Proace City / Vauxhall Combo-e

Peugeot e-Partner on a black bacground plugged into a charging post

The city vans of Citroen, Peugeot, Toyota and Vauxhall have taken the successful underpinnings of the medium-sized electric van from Stellantis and applied it to the compact packaging of their small van range.

Built in France for Stellantis siblings Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall and also produced on behalf of Toyota, the van leads the small van sector with a 171 mile range from a 50kWh battery pack and is paired to a 100kW (136bhp) motor producing 260Nm of torque. Despite being small, the vans offer a load capacity of 4.4m3 thanks to a load-through bulkhead with folding passenger seat which extends the 3.3m3 and 3.9m3 capacities of the standard and long wheelbase vans.

The four vans can also have a very respectable payload of up to 800kg and have a towing capacity of 750kg. For added versatility, they can be specified with a E-Power take off system to power conversions such as fridge units. Charging can be carried out using 100kW charger, taking the battery from zero to 80% in 30 minutes.

The van’s comfortable cabin is focused around the driver with an angled 8in infotainment and navigation touchscreen, and includes several premium features like wireless phone charging and a Surround Rear View system giving a 360-degree view around the van. In total there are 18 driver assistance systems designed to make the van safer for both drivers and other road users.

Prices start from around £27,000 depending on the brand.

VERDICT: These small vans have been on sale for more than a year, coming to market in the autumn of 2021 but they still manage to deliver what the electric audience needs. They’ve not been left behind by the changes in technology either, with powerful motors, decent battery range and the option of both standard and high specification models.

If you want a decent all-rounder these three make a good bet, and the Toyota even comes with a longer warranty.

4. Toyota Corolla Commercial Hybrid

Toyota Corolla Commercial Hybrid in motion with blurred tree behind

It’s been years since the Astravan disappeared from sale but the Toyota Corolla Commercial Hybrid van more than makes up for the shortfall.

Based on the Corolla Touring Sports estate passenger car, it is a full self-charging hybrid electric van. It looks, feels and drives like a car, but has a healthy 1.3m3 loadspace area in place of the rear seats.

Power comes from a 1.8-litre petrol engine and is paired to a 53kW electric motor, together the petrol hybrid Corolla Commercial produces up to 90kW (120bhp) and 142Nm of torque.

It’s the only engine choice and there’s also only one trim level but the interior is far from your typically commercial vehicle.

The Corolla Commercial gets a decent level of equipment including heated seats, dual-zone climate control and a reversing camera. There’s also LED headlights as standard. When it comes to safety, the Corolla Commercial Hybrid isn’t short on features. It gets adaptive cruise control, high beam assist headlights and lane keep assist as standard. Lane Trace Assist also helps to keep the van in the centre of the lane even while turning slight bends, and there’s Road Sign Assist to remind you of the speed limits with an audible or visual warning.

In the rear, the loadspace floor gets a rubber lining and there is a full-height steel bulkhead to protect the front seat occupants. There’s also an interior light and a 12v power outlet but the important figure is the 425kg payload and 750kg towing capacity.

Prices start from £22,149, excluding VAT.

VERDICT: A self-charging hybrid has managed to sneak into our best small electric vans of 2022 review but with good reason. That’s because the Toyota Corolla Commercial Hybrid is one hell of a package.

It’s a car to van conversion like any other with some questionable sticky window coverings but average fuel consumptions knocking on the door of 60mpg in the real world can’t be sniffed at.

It doesn’t suit everyone, but it brings back a niche segment and adds an electric spin to it. We’re grateful for the effort.

5. Maxus e Deliver 3

Maxus e Deliver 3 on a white background

Arguably the first electric van to be launched that was conceived purely as an EV, the Maxus e Deliver 3 was nevertheless a big departure for Chinese-owned Maxus whose line-up had previously consisted of both diesel and electric models.

Designed from the ground-up as a pure electric van with a heavy focus on its aerodynamic performance, the e Deliver 3 has a claimed range of up to 213 miles for its WLTP city range and 151 miles for the combined WLTP standard. It has the option of two battery packs with either 35kWh or 50kWh cells and is paired to a 90KW motor producing 255Nm of torque.

It can carry up to 945kg of payload and despite only being available in a short wheelbase has a volume of 4.8m3. It is the smaller sibling to the large electric van Maxus E Deliver 9 and Maxus E Deliver 7.

Charging times using a DC rapid charger will see the battery level go from 5% to 80% in just 45 minutes, while a three-phase 11kW AC charge will take around five hours.

Standard features include air conditioning, built-in Sat Nav, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Operators can also have the e Deliver 3 as a chassis cab and can get real-time telematic data through a partnership with Geotab.

Its most appealing feature, however, is its price with models starting from just £27,000 with a government grant.

VERDICT: We’d love to put the e Deliver 3 much higher in our list of the best small electric vans you can buy in 2022 but it’s not quite the complete package. The battery range is impressive, and there’s adequate power from the motor, but its all the bits and piece in the cabin that let it down. An infotainment system that is frustrating (when it works) and a other little software gremlins too.

Launched in 2020 it fills a natural hole left by the Nissan eNV200 which is definitely a good thing, but it can’t match the finesse of the newer models.

6. DFSK EC35

DFSK EC35 in white being driven on the road

Chinese-made DFSK vans have made a comeback in the UK through importer Innovation Automotive with the quirky midi-van offering a cheap entry-level price to electric van ownership.

The DFSK EC35 looks like a typical Japanese-style microvan with high sides and a narrow width of just 1680mm. It’s unusual proportion don’t mean it is lacking in space with a maximum loadspace volume of 4.8m3 and an equally impressive payload capacity of 1,015kg thanks to its lightweight 1585kg kerbweight. It has a hinged rear tailgate and gets twin sliding doors as standard.

Power comes from a 60kW (80bhp) motor paired to a 39kWh lithium-ion battery with 200Nm of torque. While options are few and far between, one thing you can choose is the maximum speed limit of the van, with a 50mph limited model or a faster 62mph van. Depending on which version you choose will dictate how far you might be able to travel with a claimed range of 101 miles or 166 miles, according to the WLTP testing cycle, for the slow and fast versions respectively. The DFSK EC35 is able to be charged at a maximum rate of 40kW with the battery level going from zero to 80% in around 60 minutes. Topping up the battery to 100% on a 40kW charger will take 90 minutes, while charging from a 7kW wall box will take 6 hours.

Prices start from £20,999 excluding VAT.

VERDICT: Being entirely honest with you, the DFSK is only on the list out of courtesy. It’s not a particularly good van.

But, it will certainly do the job for the right sort of person. If you need to move things around at a walking pace, don’t want to go all that far or need to charge up that often it might just be the van for you.

If you spend more time out of the van than in it, then give it a chance. The price tag is too good not to consider it.

Best small electric vans 2022 winner

1. Renault Kangoo E-Tech / Mercedes-Benz eCitan / Nissan Townstar Electric

Renault Kangoo E-Tech next to a loading bay is the best small electric van 2022 to buy

The Renault Kangoo is the oldest and most established name in the small electric van field but the latest version shares only its name with the trailblazer model launched in 2012.

The latest van returns with a new E-Tech name to reflect the rest of the electrified Renault models and is accompanied by two cousins with versions from Mercedes-Benz and Nissan. The three models offer a different take on the electric city van, with Mercedes opting for a more upmarket interior and more standard safety systems than the Renault, while Nissan plays off its warranty support and value.

All three vans, however, use the same 90kW motor paired to a 45kWh battery pack. Range for the vans is 186 miles, while charging can be carried out using an 80kW supply to add more than 100 miles in less than 30 minutes. Slower 22kW charging is also possible as well as a from domestic single-phase 7kW supply though a wallbox which is said to take six hours.

The van is available in two wheelbase lengths with the standard van having a 3.9m3 load volume and the long-wheelbase model up to 4.9m3 of capacity. Payload for regular vans will be up to 600kg but thanks to a higher gross vehicle weight the larger models can transport up to 800kg. They also have a 1,500kg towing capacity.

Prices start at around £30,000 for the Nissan version.

VERDICT: The diesel Renault Kangoo and Mercedes-Benz Citan are both excellent vans, and while the Nissan Townstar Electric is only available as a petrol model, the real strength of these models is the electric version.

Quiet, comfortable and way bigger than the previous generation vans, the Kangoo E-Tech, eCitan and Townstar electric really are the best small electric vans of 2022.

Conclusion - The best small electric vans 2022

In summary, there's a large amount of choice in the small van market at the moment, and there's bound to be more with a Ford E-Transit Connect likely to be added to Ford's electric van range.

The Citroen e-Relay electric van has a starting price from £55,335 and is officially now on sale in the UK.

First deliveries will begin next week for the large electric van which is eligible for a government plug-in electric van grant.

Read our guide on Everything you need to know about the UK plug-in electric van grant scheme

All Citroen e-Relay models will be available in Enterprise trim level with a 5in colour touchscreen fitted as standard. There’s also DAB radio and sat nav along with a rear-view mirror display with imoprtant vehicle information such as battery level and range.

A choice of two lithium-ion battery packs give the e-Relay a range of up to 139 miles. There’s a 37kWh battery option or a 70kWh unit. Both are connected to 90kW (120hp) motor.

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Three body sizes are available, with the L2 panel vans only available with the smaller of the two battery sizes.

The e-Relay will allow charging of up to 22kW with a 7kW wallbox unit taking six hours to charge the 37kWh battery and 12 hours to fully charge the 70kWh battery pack. As well as regular charging through a Type 2 connector, both batteries allow 50kW rapid charging

Because the e-Relay is zero emission, all electric vans are exempt from the London Congestion Charge (CC) and the Ultra Low Emissions Zone. Electric vans also have a 0% company van tax rate.

The e-Relay is available as a panel van, window van (only as L4 length) and as a chassis cab (L3 only). Citroen E-Relay vans have a 15m3 load volume and a payload of up to 1,150kg. Citroen also has a full range of electric vans with the e-Berlingo, e-Dispatch and the compact quadricycle Citroen Ami Cargo.

Citroen e-Relay pricing

Body StyleVersionBasic MRRPVATTotal MRRPPIVG*Basic MRRP after PIVGOTR MRRP after PIVG
Panel Vanë-Relay 35 Heavy L2H2 37kWh£55,335£11,067£66,402£6,000£49,335£61,247
ë-Relay 35 Heavy L3H2 70kWh£61,085£12,217£73,302£6,000£55,085£68,147
ë-Relay 40 Heavy L3H2 70kWh£74,355£14,871£89,226£16,000£58,355£74,071
ë-Relay 40 Heavy L4H2 70kWh£75,255£15,051£90,306£16,000£59,255£75,151
Window Vanë-Relay 40 Heavy L4H2 70kWh£75,750£15,150£90,900£16,000£59,750£75,745
  Chassis Cabë-Relay 35 Heavy L3 70kWh£58,010£11,602£69,612£6,000£52,010£64,457
ë-Relay 40 Heavy L3 70kWh£71,280£14,256£85,536£16,000£55,280£70,381

The Citroen Berlingo van range has been updated with new six-speed gearbox for the Berlingo BlueHDi 100 model.

The 102hp diesel engine model will go from a five-speed gearbox to a six-speed manual transmission for all new orders, improving fuel economy and driving refinement. The addition of an extra gear will not only make driving at A-road and motorway speeds more economical but also quieter, and brings the Berlingo model into line with other entry-level engines from rivals that already have six-speed gearboxes.

The revised Berlingo van will start from £17,855 and is available to order now.

Citroen has also added the PureTech petrol engine to its line-up with medium length Driver Pro trim variants now able to have the petrol engine PureTech 110 S&S (Stop and Start) engine.

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The model is a turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine producing 110hp and is also equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

Finally, Citroën has also upgraded the dash display on the Citroen Berlingo with a new 10-inch instrument screen. The upgrade will be fitted as standard on Driver Pro vans and as an option on Enterprise Pro models. It replaces the analogue dials previously fitted.

X Pro and Worker Pro vans will now also get a 5-inch black and white touchscreen as standard.

Body StyleVersionBasic MRRPVATTotal MRRPOTR MRRP
X ProBlueHDi 100 6-speed manual 1000 M£17,855£3,571£21,426£22,511
Worker ProBlueHDi 100 6-speed manual 1000 M£18,755£3,751£22,506£23,591

Enterprise Pro  
PureTech 110 S&S 6-speed manual 1000 M£18,515£3,703£22,218£23,303
BlueHDi 100 6-speed manual 1000 M£19,310£3,862£23,172£24,257
BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8 Auto 1000 M£21,310£4,262£25,572£26,657
BlueHDi 100 6-speed manual 950 XL£20,510£4,102£24,612£25,697
    Driver ProPureTech 110 S&S 6-speed manual 1000 M£20,130£4,026£24,156£25,241
BlueHDi 100 6-speed manual 1000 M£20,925£4,185£25,110£26,195
BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8 Auto 1000 M£22,925£4,585£27,510£28,595
BlueHDi 100 6-speed manual 950 XL£22,125£4,425£26,550£27,635
BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8 Auto 950 XL£24,125£4,825£28,950£30,035
Crew VanBlueHDi 100 6-speed manual 850 XL£21,660£4,332£25,992£27,077
Citroen Berlingo interior

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