Parkers Awards 2021 - Best Electrified Van

Best Electrified Van Award in partnership with… MCN 

 

A new category for 2021, the Parkers Electrified Van Award recognises the rising importance of electrification in the LCV market. There have been electric vans for years, of course, but over the last 12 months the segment has been really hotting up – including not just pure electric vans but the first plug-in hybrids as well. The time is now right to recognise the best of these innovative models as range and usability continues to improve.

Best electric van - PSA

CITROEN e-DISPATCH/PEUGEOT e-EXPERT/VAUXHALL VIVARO

As with their conventional diesel siblings, these three vans are identical vans beneath the branding, so it makes sense to treat them as one. More importantly, they were designed for electrification right from the outset, so perhaps it’s no surprise to see them setting new standards for electric van capability. With outstanding driving range of over 200 miles, payload ratings that can compete with ordinary vans and the ability to tow up to 1,000kg, they make mincemeat of all the other pure-electric options in the medium van class. Pricing is keen, too. Could these be the vans to take electric power into the mainstream?

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Best electric van - Ford

FORD TRANSIT PLUG-IN HYBRID

The main problems with pure-electric power are range anxiety and charging time. If you’re a busy van operator you may not want the extra stress of dealing with either of these issues, but you might still be concerned about reducing your environmental impact. This is Ford’s solution, a plug-in hybrid version of the UK’s bestselling van that offers around 35 miles of pure electric power for low emissions zones yet the flexibility of a supporting petrol engine, which means total range of around 300 miles and the ability to quickly refill the tank at any fuel station. Clever, versatile thinking, and a van that works very well.

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Best electric van - Renault

RENAULT MASTER ZE

Renault is an electric van pioneer, with its smaller Kangoo ZE model the very first on the market. But it’s the recent update to the all-electric Master that interests us here. Technical tweaks and an increased gross vehicle weight rating give this large electric van vast payload capacity – which isn’t always easy to achieve with electric power – while a substantial selection of body styles and variants mean it's suitable for a wider range of operators and uses than many rivals. A recently revitalised design and enough driving range for many daily mileages complete a package no other presently available large electric van can match.

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