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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.

UK demand for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) surged by 21.0% in 2023, reaching 341,455 units, as per the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Each month, more businesses invested in fleet renewal compared to the previous year, resulting in a record influx of zero-emission vans onto Britain’s roads.

In 2023, an additional 59,316 LCVs of various types and sizes were registered compared to 2022, following a £2 billion increase in spending by companies fulfilling essential roles in the economy, spanning from local trades to online delivery services. December notably experienced a 36.1% surge in demand, marking the strongest month since 2015. As a result of increased vehicle investment throughout the year, 2023 witnessed the highest demand for new vans since the sector’s post-pandemic recovery in 2021, with the market just -6.6% below 2019 levels.

Demand for the largest vans (weighing more than 2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes) continued to rise by 9.4%, representing 66.9% of all new van registrations, driven by operators opting for payload efficiencies. Medium-sized vans (above two tonnes to 2.5 tonnes) saw the largest growth, surging by 78.4% to 57,992 units, catering to urban operators' requirements for heavy load carrying capacity and smaller vehicle sizes.

New battery electric vans (BEVs) witnessed a positive trend, reaching record volumes with a 21.0% increase to 20,253 units, constituting 5.9% of the market. December saw a remarkable 73.8% surge in BEV uptake, with the greenest vehicles representing 10.0% of registrations, marking the second-highest monthly BEV share.

The Ford Transit Custom was the best-selling model of the year, followed by its larger sibling the Ford Transit dimensions. Third place in the rankings went to the Vauxhall Vivaro dimensions and the first and only pick-up truck in the top ten was the Ford Ranger.

Despite these advancements, the Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate, mandating 10% of every van manufacturer’s sales to be BEVs this year, poses challenges. Flatlined BEV market share in 2023 compared to 2022 highlights the need to align LCV demand with supply, necessitating immediate action to address barriers to BEV uptake, particularly the shortage of van-suitable public chargers. A sustained commitment to the Plug-in Van Grant is essential for facilitating a seamless transition across all sectors and regions of the country.

Vauxhall has updated its electric lineup with the Vauxhall Combo Life Electric and Vauxhall Vivaro Life Electric models.

The Vauxhall Combo Life Electric is positioned as the ultimate family vehicle with two length options (L1 and L2) and room for ip to seven passengers. The Combo Life gets a redesigned front end incorporating new Vauxhall Vizor and LED headlights.

Inside, the fully digital cockpit gets an infotainment systems with 10-inch color touchscreens, wireless smartphone connection, and inductive charging. The Combo Life Electric offers a panoramic roof with electric sun protection, providing passengers with an enhanced travel experience.

One of the standout features is the increased range, reaching up to 205 miles (WLTP) on a single charge—approximately 18% more than the previous model. The range increase is achieved through advancements in the electric drivetrain and a more efficient heat pump for optimal battery conservation in low temperatures.

Power comes form an electric motor with 100kW (136PS) and 260Nm of torque. Top speed is limited to 84 mph. Drivers can choose between Eco, Normal, and Power driving modes, and the regenerative braking system, adjustable through paddle shifters, enhances energy efficiency. The Combo Life Electric can be rapidly charged to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes at a 100kW public charging station.

Vivaro Life Electric

For those seeking a comfortable and ultra-modern VIP shuttle, the Vauxhall Vivaro Life Electric is the answer. Available in two lengths (4.98 meters and 5.33 meters), it accommodates up to nine people and boasts sensor-controlled electric sliding doors for easy access.

The Vivaro Life Electric, now equipped with a 75kWh battery, offers an extended range of up to 217 miles (WLTP), a significant improvement from its predecessor. The regenerative braking system and adjustable recuperation levels further enhance energy efficiency. The van can be charged to 80% capacity in approximately 38 minutes at a 100 kW DC rapid charging station.

Powered by a 100 kW/136PS electric motor, the Vivaro Life Electric accelerates briskly up to a top speed of 81 mph. Drivers can choose from three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Power.

Enhanced safety

Both the Combo Life Electric and Vivaro Life Electric have made improvements to their safety, with up to 18 state-of-the-art assistance systems. Highlights include Adaptive Cruise Control with stop & go function, a 180-degree rear-view camera, and the adaptive IntelliLux LED Matrix light system for optimal visibility.

The redesigned ergonomic cockpit in both models includes a fully digital 10-inch driver information display and infotainment systems based on the Snapdragon Cockpit platform, offering wireless connectivity, inductive charging, and natural voice recognition.

Full UK pricing, specifications, and customer ordering details are expected to be confirmed in early 2024, further exciting electric vehicle enthusiasts and those looking for modern, efficient, and spacious transportation solutions.

The newly formed Stellantis Pro One division of manufacturers Citroen, Fiat Professional, Opel, Peugeot and Vauxhall, has revealed the complete overhaul of its compact, mid-size and large commercial vans.

In total thare are 12 vehicles new vehicles adopting a new range of electric drivelines, improved safety features, more ADAS and greater connected tech.

“This second generation of zero-emission vans, in line with customer expectations and offering increased BEV autonomy, additional fuel-cell offer, 18 ADAS, full connectivity, and innovations such as ‘electric Power Take Off’, will reinforce even further our current leadership in BEV vans and in all van segments,” said Xavier Peugeot, senior vice president, Stellantis Commercial Vehicles Business Unit.

The most notable change is to the line-up of the large vehicles that have been electrified with a new in-house built driveline. Previously, and prior to the merger of Fiat Chrysler (FCA) with Peugeot-Citroen (PSA), the Fiat e-Ducato used its own electric motors and systems, while the large Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay, as well as the Vauxhall Movano Electric, were adapted by a third-party. Now, all vehicles are based on the same platform with a 110kWh battery delivering a claimed range of up to 261 miles (420km) with rapid charging abilities of up to 150kW.

A second generation of compact electric vans sees their battery range increase up to 205 miles (330km) while the medium BEV vans get a range of up to 224 miles (350km).

Stellantis has also renewed its hydrogen fuel cell ambitions with a second generation of a hydrogen powerplant in the medium vans. The hydrogen fuel-cell, due to launch in Europe in mid-2024, adopts a Stellantis exclusive “mid-power” system that acts as a hydrogen hybrid range extender with a range of up to 249 miles (400km) in the medium vans and the introduction of a similar system in the large vans with a range up to 311 miles (500km).

In addition to the new Citroen vans, new Peugeot van models, revamped Vauxhall vans and refreshed Fiat Professional vans, there’s also a new 400V e-Power Take Off (ePTO).

The ePTO will help to enable bodybuilders to apply the same solutions they have become accustomed to on diesel (ICE) vehicles to the new electric models. The need for secondary power supplies will not be necessary as accessories including tail lifts can be powered from the traction battery. This will improve the vehicle’s payload and give drivers a better view of the vehicle’s power management.

Stellantis has announced the creation of a new commercial vehicle business unit called Pro One that will combine the offerings of Citroën, Fiat, Opel, Peugeot and Vauxhall as well as Ram in North America.

Pro One will see the development of vans, pickup trucks and micro-mobility options as the company heads towards electrification and zero emission products. Along with zero tailpipe emission commercial vehicles, the unit will focus on connected converter ecosystems, connected vehicle technologies and the business partnership offering it presents to its customers in order to their business efficiency, lower their costs and increase profitability.

The outputs of Pro One currently account for one-third of Stellantis Net revenues with 1.6m unit sales per annum. Pro One plans hope to double the commercial vehicle revenues to €90bn by 2030, compared to 2021. By which time they expect to have a 40% electric vehicle sales mix and to be generating €5bn in service revenues.

“We are launching Pro One to leverage our undeniable commercial vehicles leadership with the concept – six brands, one force – as this business accounts for one-third of Stellantis Net revenues,” said Jean-Philippe Imparato, head of the Stellantis Commercial Vehicles Business Unit.

“As customer expectations grow more complex and diverse, we are here to address each specific need with a dedicated solution. Our mission is to stand side by side with our customers around the world and deliver the products and services that help them thrive,” Imparato added.

The Pro One strategy is also includes a pilot project for the retrofitting of internal combustion engine vans (ICE) to electric vehicles. The retrofit program with Qinomic, announced in December 2022, aims to extend the life span of ICE vans with an affordable electric conversion.

New models announced

The launch of Pro One coincides with a complete overhaul of the light commercial vehicles in each of the brand’s portfolios. In the UK, Citroën, Fiat, Peugeot and Vauxhall will all get brand new versions of the small, medium and large vans with a brand new electric platform for the large vans that include the Citroen e-Relay, Fiat e-Ducato, Peugeot e-Boxer and Vauxhall Movano Electric.

The range will be boosted by the arrival of a new e-Power Take Off (ePTO) for use with conversions. The ePTO will enable accessories like tail lifts and refrigeration units to be powered directly from the traction battery. This removes the need for additional batteries and makes the power management of the entire vehicle more efficient and predictable. Stellantis also says it will have 100% of its new vans and pickups connected by the end of 2023, and will begin providing over-the-air updates from 2026 onward.

What does Stellantis Pro One hope to achieve?

Vauxhall is commemorating the production of 1.5 million Vauxhall Vivaro and its sister vans at their Luton plant.

Since its inception in 2001, the Vauxhall Vivaro and its companion models which now include the Citroen Dispatch, Fiat Scudo, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace have garnered immense popularity with more than 350,000 Vivaros being sold in the United Kingdom alone.

James Taylor, MD, Vauxhall, said: “Luton has been home for Vauxhall commercial vehicles for nearly a century. Since 2001, the Vivaro has become one of Britain’s most recognisable vehicles on the road, and has helped businesses across the country and abroad. Vauxhall is incredibly proud to have the vehicle reach the important milestone of 1.5 million models produced..”

In celebration of this achievement, the 1.5 millionth Vivaro-platform van, specifically a Vauxhall Vivaro Prime Van, was handed over to Virgin Media O2.

Mike Brown, Head of Fleet & EV Transition, Virgin Media O2, said: “The Vivaro is the ideal van for our needs, so I’m thrilled that Virgin Media O2 is the recipient of the 1.5 millionth Vivaro produced at Luton. As we transition to a fully electric fleet by 2030, the Vivaro Electric is becoming a key part of our business, aiding our transition to a more sustainable future and helping our employees carry out service and install visits at customers’ homes across the country.”

Having commenced operations in 1905, the manufacturing plant in Luton has been a longstanding home for Vauxhall vehicles, spanning over a century. Notably, it witnessed the assembly of the first commercial vehicles in 1932, with the panel vans 'VYC' and 'VXC' marking the inaugural products to roll off the production line.

Throughout the years, Luton has consistently delivered a diverse range of esteemed commercial vehicles for Vauxhall, including notable models such as the Chevanne, Astravan, Midi, and Rascal. The introduction of the Vivaro in 2001 marked the inception of a generational legacy that continues today.

Vivaro vans produced in Luton have played vital roles in serving numerous leading fleet partners of Vauxhall, including Virgin Media O2, BT, Sky, and Royal Mail. Additionally, these vans have been distributed to European customers under the Opel badge.

As an integral part of Stellantis, the Luton plant contributes to the production of various vehicles, including the Vauxhall Vivaro, Opel Vivaro, Peugeot Expert, Citroën Dispatch/Jumpy, and Fiat Scudo. It also manufactured the previous generation Vivaro for other brands.

In response to the growing demand for electric vehicles, the vans are now available as electric models with the Vauxhall Vivaro Electric, Peugeot e-Expert, Citroen e-Dispatch, and Fiat E-Scudo with either a 50kWh or 75kWh battery. These vehicles have a WLTP range of up to 205 miles on a single charge, with a maximum payload capacity of 1,226kg.

Stellantis has invested £100 million to facilitate the transformation of its Ellesmere Port plant into an electric vehicle manufacturing site. In 2023, production of fully-electric variants of the Vauxhall Combo, Peugeot Partner, and Citroen Berlingo small vans will commence at this facility, thereby contributing to the company's commitment to sustainable mobility.

The Fiat Ducato has been revealed as the safest van in the latest Euro NCAP tests for commercial vans in 2023.

The Ducato takes the title as the best van for safety for the second year running, scoring a total of 63%.

In the Commercial Van Ratings announced today, the Ford Transit and the Fiat Ducato both achieved a Gold rating. The Mercedes-Benz Vito, however, has dropped from Gold to a Silver rating. Also rated as silver is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Volkswagen Transporter, the Renault Trafic, Nissan Primastar and Volkswagen Crafter.

Vans with a Euro NCAP Bronze Rating for 2023 include the Citroën Dispatch, Citroën Relay, Iveco Daily, Vauxhall Vivaro, Vauxhall Movano, Peugeot Expert, Peugeot Boxer, Renault Master and Toyota Proace.

Last year the Fiat Ducato was the safest van tested in 2022 but since then there have been other notable success stories, most recently with the Volkswagen Amarok and the Volkswagen ID Buzz getting 5 Star Euro NCAP ratings. The lowest scoring van in 2022 was the Nissan Interstar with a score of just 18%.

Euro NCAP ratings for 2023 have been tightened with stricter criteria. The results for eighteen vans show a drop in overall ratings compared to last years ratings, but the same vans lead the pack for safety. The Fiat Ducato was the only Platinum rated van last year and despite once again topping the list it has been dropped to a Gold rating under this year’s tougher protocol. Its 88% rating in 2022 has been downgraded to 63% in 2023.

The Nissan Interstar continues to be rated Not Recommended based on its lack of crash avoidance systems.

Under Euro NCAP’s plans, by 2026 vans will be expected to have the same ADAS requirements as passenger cars, and the van rating will from then on only consider standard fitment across all European markets.

Euro NCAP will soon advance safety solutions in the fleet market with the introduction of a rating scheme for heavy goods vehicles. Safety systems in HGVs are considerably more advanced than light commercial vehicles, and many manufacturers have been leading the way for autonomous vehicle testing which requires ADAS equipment.

Euro NCAP’s new criteria for Commercial Van Ratings takes ADAS to a higher level with greater emphasis on vulnerable road users including pedestrian safety, with focus on night-time scenarios, and cyclists as well as the introduction of one new van-to-car crash scenario.

Other vans due to be crash tested soon by Euro NCAP include the Ford Transit Custom and the LEVC VN5.

What is the safest van?

Officially, according to the Euro NCAP Commercial Van ratings the safest van on sale in the UK is the Fiat Ducato. It gained a gold rating with an overall score of 63%. The Ford Transit was the only other vehicle to get a gold rating with a 60% rating.

What is the least safe van tested by Euro NCAP?

According to the round of Euro NCAP tests conducted in 2023 the least safe van on sale is the Nissan Interstar with a rating of 18%.

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Watch the Fiat Ducato undergo tests for the Euro NCAP commercial van safety tests 2023

The Ford Transit Custom has ended the year as the best-selling vehicle of 2022.

Not content with taking the honour of the most purchased van, the Transit Custom tops the list ahead of all passenger car models too.

With a total of 42,762 sales throughout 2022 the Ford Transit Custom narrowly beat the Nissan Qashqai which was the best-selling car of 2022 with 42,704.

The Ford Transit Custom is the best-selling vehicle in the UK for 2022 but also the second year running having also beaten all passenger car models the previous year. Amazingly, Transit Custom vans account for a third of all van sales while its larger sibling the Ford Transit came in second with 33,203 registrations during the year.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was the third most popular commercial vehicle in 2022 with 17,034 sales ahead of the Vauxhall Vivaro (16,830). The Ford Ranger pick-up came in fifth on the list, comfortably making it the most in-demand commercial 4x4, with 16,827 sales and a market share of more than 65%.

The remainder of the top ten is filled with familiar names including the Volkswagen Transporter, Ford Transit Connect, Peugeot Expert, Renault Trafic and Volkswagen Crafter.

Diesel engines were the dominant powertrain of choice for vans and other commercial vehicles in 2022 with 91.9% of all sales being diesel vans. Electric vans accounted for 5.9%, a slight increase on the previous year where 3.6% were battery electric vehicles. However, the overall market for light commercial vehicles declined from 355,380 registrations in 2021 to 282,139 in 2022 – a drop of 20.6%.

As a result the percentage change is far greater with 31.2% more BEV vehicles being registered in 2022 than in 2021 and 23.1% fewer diesel vehicles.

With such dramatic declines in sales it is not surprising that all segments of the LCV sector saw large drops in sales.

Sales of vans under 2-tonnes were down 56.1% with just 7,805 registrations while 2-tonne to 2.5-tonne registrations were down 31% with 32,501 units. The far larger 2.5-tonne to 3.5-tonne category which includes the majority of medium vans and all large vans was down a more moderate 14.4% with 208,728 registrations.

The pick-up truck market which has for many years seen more than 50,000 units sold in a single year was down 30.4% with 29,564 registrations.

Best-selling vehicle of 22 with new LCV registrations table for pick-ups and vans
Top ten best selling vans of 2022
YTD sales for 2022 from SMMT
Best selling vans and passenger cars in UK 2022
Full year sales 2022 car & van

Vauxhall has renamed its entire electric vehicle line-up opting to replace the -e assignment with the word Electric. That will mean that new models in the Vauxhall range will now be called Vauxhall Combo Electric, Vauxhall Vivaro Electric and Vauxhall Movano Electric rather than their previous incarnations of Vauxhall Combo-e, Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Vauxhall Movano-e.

The Vauxhall Vivaro-e Hydrogen will now be the Vauxhall Vivaro Electric Hydrogen van.

In addition to the new renaming of the models, Vauxhall has aldo introduced a new sporty model to its Vivaro range with a GS trim level for the Vivaro and Vivaro Electric.

The price change for electric vans also comes with a price drop for customers. List price reductions for models max out at up to £7,500. With the best discounts to be found on the large Vauxhall Movano Electric.

Order books for the updated light commercial vehicle range are open and early deliveriers are scheduled to being later in the year.

The new Vauxhall Vivaro GS and Vauxhall Vivaro Electric GS vans get a much sportier appearance than the existing range topping Sport vans.

Vivaro GS models get a front lip spoiler, side skirts with integrated front mud guards and 18-inch Y-spoke black alloy wheels. There’s also a two-piece spoiler at the rear which Vauxhall says is to improve stability when unladen as well as a new rear bumper design.

On the inside there are handmade GS logo’d eco-leather seats with red stitching and perforations for ventilation.

Prices for the new Vivaro GS and Vivaro Electric GS start from £41,000 and £55,000, respectively.

Vauxhall Vivaro and Vivaro Electric GS pricing:

TrimTypeBodyEnginePrice exc. VAT
Vivaro Electric GSPanel VanL1H175kWh 136PS AT£55,000
Vivaro GSPanel VanL1H12.0D 180PS AT£41,000
Vivaro GSDoublecabL1H12.0D 180PS AT£44,095

Pricing for all models (correct at the time of publication) are:

ModelTrimVersionExcl. VAT
ComboPrime1.5 D 100 M6 L1H1 2300 Panel Van£19,800
1.5 D 130 M6 L1H1 2300 Panel Van£20,700
1.5 D 130 A8 L1H1 2300 Panel Van£21,960
1.5 D 100 M6 L2H1 2300 Panel Van£20,655
1.5 D 130 M6 L2H1 2300 Panel Van£21,555
1.5 D 130 A8 L1H1 2300 Panel Van£22,815
1.5 D 100 M6 L1H1 2300 Crew Van£22,095
Pro1.5 D 100 M6 L1H1 2300 Panel Van£21,400
1.5 D 130 M6 L1H1 2300 Panel Van£22,300
1.5 D 100 M6 L2H1 2300 Panel Van£22,255
Combo
Electric
Prime50kWh 136 EV L1H1 2300 Panel Van£31,250
50kWh 136 EV L2H1 2300 Panel Van£32,105
50kWh 136 EV L2H1 2300 Panel Van£33,545
Pro50kWh 136 EV L1H1 2300 Panel Van£32,850
50kWh 136 EV L2H1 2300 Panel Van£33,705
ModelTrimVersionExcl. VAT
VivaroPrime1.5 D 100 M6 L1H1 2900 Panel Van£25,265
1.5 D 120 M6 L1H1 2700 Panel Van£25,695
2.0 145 M6 L1H1 3100 Panel Van£27,655
2.0 145 A8 L1H1 3100 Panel Van£29,195
1.5 D 100 M6 L2H1 2900 Panel Van£26,125
2.0 D 145 M6 L2H1 3100 Panel Van£28,515
2.0 D 145 A8 L2H1 3100 Panel Van£30,055
2.0 D 145 M6 L1H1 3100 Platform Cab£27,315
2.0 D 145 M6 L2H1 3100 Double Cab£31,075
Pro1.5 D 100 M6 L1H1 2900 Panel Van£26,805
1.5 D 120 M6 L1H1 2700 Panel Van£27,235
2.0 D 145 M6 L1H1 3100 Panel Van£29,195
1.5 D 100 M6 L2H1 2900 Panel Van£27,665
2.0 D 145 M6 L2H1 3100 Panel Van£30,555
GS2.0 D 180 A8 L1H1 Panel Van £41,000
2.0 D 180 A8 L1H1 Double Cab £44,095
Vivaro ElectricPrime50kWh 136 EV L1H1 3100 Panel Van£38,305
75kWh 136 EV L1H1 3100 Panel Van£42,585
50kWh 136 EV L2H1 3100 Panel Van£39,165
75kWh 136 EV L2H1 3100 Panel Van£43,445
50kWh 136 EV L1H1 3100 Platform Cab£37,965
Pro50kWh 136 EV L1H1 3100 Panel Van£39,845
75kWh 136 EV L1H1 3100 Panel Van£44,125
50kWh 136 EV L2H1 3100 Panel Van£40,705
75kWh 136 EV L2H1 3100 Panel Van£44,985
75kWh 136 EV L1H1 3100 Platform Cab£42,245
GS75kWh 136 EV L1H1 Panel Van£55,000
ModelTrimVersionExcl. VAT
MovanoPrime2.2 D 120 M6 L1H1 3000 Panel Van£25,645
2.2 D 120 M6 L1H1 3300 Panel Van£26,500
2.2 D 140 M6 L2H1 3500 Panel Van£29,065
2.2 D 140 M6 L2H2 3500 Panel Van£29,920
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H2 3500 Panel Van£30,775
2.2 D 165 M6 L3H2 3500 Panel Van£31,630
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H2 3500 Heavy Panel Van£31,205
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H3 3500 Panel Van£31,630
2.2 D 140 M6 L4H2 3500 Heavy Panel Van£32,060
2.2 D 165 M6 L4H2 4000 Heavy Panel Van£33,770
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H2 3500 Heavy Panel Van£32,915
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H2 3500 Glazed Van£31,205
2.2 D 165 M6 F4000 L4H2 Heavy Panel Van£34,195
2.2 D 140 M6 L2H1 3500 Chass-Cab£27,185
2.2 D 140 M6 L2H1 3500 Heavy Chass-Cab£27,610
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H1 3500 Chass-Cab£27,695
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H1 3500 Heavy Chass-Cab£28,125
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H1 3500 Crew Cab£28,980
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H1 3500 Heavy Crew Cab£29,405
2.2 D 140 M6 L3H1 3500 Platform£27,695
2.2 D 165 M6 F4000 Heavy Platform£29,835
2.2 D 140 M6 L4H1 3500 Platform£27,955
Movano ElectricPrime75kWh 120 EV 3500 L3H2 Panel Van£61,985
75kWh 120 EV 3500 L4H2 Panel Van£62,885
75kWh 120 EV 3500 L3H1 Chassis Cab£59,115
75kWh 120 EV 4000 L3H1 Chassis Cab£63,615
75kWh 120 EV 3500 L3H1 Platform Cab£59,105
75kWh 120 EV 4000 L3H1 Platform Cab£63,605

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.

Read all electric van reviews here

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.

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