Electric vans coming soon - future electric vans on sale in 2021, 2022 and beyond

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Electric vans are becoming ever more important as the government, towns and cities crack down on vehicle emissions. This list of all the new electric vans coming soon will help you keep on top of your future options.

The latest developments include official details of the British-built Arrival electric van, Vauxhall's Movano-e and news that Ford is planning an electric Transit Custom. Plus the return of DFSK with a new electric van, too.

There are a huge number of new electric vehicles (EVs) on the way from a wide range of manufacturers - and that's in addition to the electric vans that are already on sale. There are so many electric models coming soon, in fact, that we’ve divided the list by van size:

Large electric vans on sale soon

Medium electric vans on sale soon

Small electric vans on sale soon

Need to know more about whether an electric van is suitable for you and your business? Then check out the main Parkers guide to electric vans, which has all the pros and cons, plus lots more information that will help you make the right decision about switching to electric.

Not ready to commit to full electric power yet? Then try our article on the best hybrid vans instead.

Large electric vans on sale soon

Arrival

Arrival electric van, on sale in 2022

Arrival is a new player in the electric van (and bus) market based in the UK and the USA. First proper details of its electric van were revealed in March 2021, with plans for a public trial starting summer 2021 and full production beginning in 2022.

Set to be built in Britain using composite panels and aluminium, it promises lots of choice, with four battery sizes meaning payload of up 1,975kg and driving range up to 211 miles per charge. Clever design and high-tech features make this one to watch - several big fleets have made big orders already.

>> Arrival electric van official pictures and spec details on Parkers

Citroen e-Relay

Citroen e-Relay electric van, on sale in the UK in 2021

Announced at the 2019 CV Show, on-sale in 2021, the Citroen e-Relay is the sister van to the Peugeot e-Boxer (and related to the Fiat Ducato electric – though not as much as you might think) and is looking like a great option for payload and range.

It will be built by UK-based third-party converter BEDEO, uses a 122hp electric motor with 210Nm of torque, and offers a maximum panel van payload of 1,150kg and a maximum driving range of 139 miles. Prices start at under £50k.

>> Citroen e-Relay electric van full details on Parkers

>> Read our main Citroen Relay review

>> Find a Citroen Relay for sale near you

Ford E-Transit

Ford E-Transit Electric van, on sale 2022

The E-Transit will be Ford’s first pure electric production van and won't be on sale until 2022 - but it's going to be worth the wait. It promises an astonishing 269hp with up to 217 miles of driving range. 

What's more, payload options go up as high as 1,616kg for the panel van, and you'll even be able to divert power from the battery pack to power your tools and equipment. Can’t wait that long? Then there’s always the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid.

>> Ford E-Transit electric van details on Parkers

>> Read our main Ford Transit review

>> Find a Ford Transit for sale near you

MAN eTGE

Electric vans coming soon - MAN eTGE

This is the sister van to the Volkswagen eCrafter, and like all other TGEs is built by VW on MAN’s behalf. As such, proper UK sales aren't expected until the van is facelifted in 2021.

However, courier firm DPD is already using right-hand drive eTGEs right here in the UK – stealing a march on the VW e-Crafter. Sadly, the official WLTP driving range is only 68-71 miles.

>> MAN eTGE electric van full details on Parkers

>> Read our main MAN TGE review

>> Find a MAN TGE for sale near you

Maxus e Deliver 9

Maxus eDeliver 9 electric van, on sale in 2021

Full details of  the Maxus e Deliver 9 were announced in January 2021 - including the £55k entry-level pricing. Maxus is the new name for LDV, and the firm has already had plenty of success with the all-electric EV80, so don't rule this out without taking a closer look.

There will plenty of choice here, with three battery sizes, two panel van sizes and other variants, too. The maximum WLTP driving range is 184 miles, while 204hp gives it huge power. Max payload is a little lower than the best here, though, at 1,700kg.

>> Maxus e Deliver 9 official details on Parkers

>> Find a Maxus van for sale near you

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter next-generation

Next-gen Mercedes-Benz eSprinter - three modules explained

While UK sales of the current eSprinter have only just begun in the latter part of 2020, Mercedes has already announced plans for the next-generation model. The difference is that this will use a new rear-wheel drive Electric Versatility Platform for greater performance and flexibility.

Splitting the electric components across three modules and coming with three battery sizes, this will allow the future eSprinter to be offered in a choice of body types, including chassis cabs, minibuses and ambulances. A big improvement over the single chassis cab that's currently available.

>> Next-gen Mercedes eSprinter - details on Parkers Vans and Pickups

>> Read our main Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review

>> Find a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter for sale near you

Peugeot e-Boxer

Peugeot e-Boxer electric van, on sale in 2021

The e-Boxer is Peugeot’s version of the Citroen e-Relay – which means it’s a BEDEO conversion, rather than a full Peugeot production model (making it different to the also related electric Fiat Ducato).

Unveiled at the 2019 CV Show in the UK, and now finally available to order in 2021 priced from under £50,000, the e-Boxer has a 139-mile maximum range and 1,150kg maximum payload (as a panel van). Crew cabs, chassis cabs and window van versions are also available.

>> Peugeot e-Boxer full details on Parkers

>> Read our main Peugeot Boxer review

>> Find a Peugeot Boxer for sale near you

Vauxhall Movano-e

Electric vans coming soon - Vauxhall Movano-e

The third van to use the same BEDEO conversion, the Movano-e is the electric version of the newly launched Vauxhall-badged variant of the Citroen Relay and Peugeot Boxer. It's set to go on sale before the end of 2021.

Available with a choice of two battery packs, official driving range is 73-139 miles per charge, with a 90kWh (122hp) electric motor driving the front wheels via a single-speed transmission. No details on payload or pricing yet, but expect it to match the e-Boxer and e-Relay.

>> Vauxhall Movano-e full details on Parkers

>> All-new Vauxhall Movano for 2021

>> Find a Vauxhall Movano for sale near you

Volkswagen e-Crafter

Electric vans coming soon - Volkswagen e-Crafter

Although the e-Crafter is available in left-hand drive already – we’ve driven it – our latest info reveals you won’t be able to buy a right-hand drive one in the UK until at least the mid-life facelift, which we don't have a date for yet.

And although there were UK trials of left-hand drive models, there’s no facility to get one of those here, either. Given the limited 71-mile maximum driving range this doesn’t seem like much of a loss at the moment.

>> Volkswagen e-Crafter review on Parkers Vans

>> Read our main Volkswagen Crafter review

>> Find a Volkswagen Crafter for sale near you

Medium electric vans on sale soon

DFSK EC35

Electric vans coming soon - DFSK EC35

The DFSK EC35 is unusual by modern standards, as it features a separate ladder-frame chassis (and a live rear axle). It will be officially launched in the UK at the 2021 CV Show, becoming the first product offered by Innovation Automotive, a new Cotswolds-based all-electric vehicle distributor.

DFSK is a Chinese brand that has sold light commercial vehicles in the UK before, but the EC35 is its first foray into electric vans here. Official UK technical details are scarce, but we're expecting a 4.8 cubic metre load space, an 80hp electric motor, and around 149 miles of WLTP driving range from 44kWh batteries.

>> DFSK EC35 information on Parkers

Morris Commercial JE

Electric vans coming soon - Morris Commercial JE

The old Morris Commercial brand has been resurrected by what’s described as a ‘UK management team’ and plans to put this retro-looking electric van into production in 2021.

Appearance aside, this is a high-tech machine. The body is made from carbonfibre, the battery is a substantial 60kWh and prototypes have been testing since 2017. Only snag is that prices are set to start at around £60,000 – which is a lot for a medium-size van, even an electric one.

>> Morris JE electric van full details on Parkers

Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo / ID.7 Cargo

Electric vans coming soon - Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo

In addition to the e-Transporter that launched in 2020, Volkswagen is also readying a completely bespoke electric van for production. Set to be called the ID.7 Cargo, goes on sale in 2022, and fits into the firm's new ID range of electric vehicles, and is based on the ID Buzz concept.

This has the retro-inspired looks of earlier Transporter generations, and is based on the new MEB electric vehicle platform Volkswagen is using for its new ID electric cars as well. Expect plenty of driving range and performance, but also some particularly clever autonomous driving technology.

>> VW ID Buzz Cargo concept makes world debut

>> Self-driving vans are coming as VW confirms 'robotaxi' plans for 2025

Ford E-Transit Custom

Electric vans coming soon - Ford E-Transit Custom (2023)

Ford has confirmed that the next-generation of Ford Transit Custom is scheduled to go into production in 2023 - and that it will be available as a 100% electric van in addition to conventional diesel, mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.

All part of Ford's commitment to making sure that every one of its commercial vehicles is 'zero-emissions capable' by 2024. We have no details of motor or driving range yet, but here's hoping the 269hp unit from the big E-Transit makes its way downstream...

>> 2023 Ford Transit Custom official details

Small electric vans coming soon

BYD electric van

Electric vans coming soon - BYD

BYD is a large Chinese carmaker that has big ambitions in the area of electrification, and is about to start expanding into Europe. These expansion plans include a new pure electric small van.

If you think it looks like a Nissan e-NV200 you’re not alone. No technical details yet – nor any confirmation that the UK is a target market.

>> New BYD electric van details on Parkers

Citroen e-Berlingo van

Citroen e-Berlingo electric van, on sale in 2021

Citroen has confirmed that an electric version of its latest Berlingo small van is set to go on sale in 2021, powered by a 100kW / 136hp motor, juiced by a 50kWh battery pack and capable of 171 miles driving range per charge (WLTP).

The Berlingo is joint-winner of the Parkers Small Van of the Year Award 2021 and 2020, so we have high expectations for the electric version.

>> Citroen e-Berlingo official details on Parkers

>> Read our main Citroen Berlingo van review

>> Find a Citroen Berlingo van for sale near you

Mercedes-Benz eCitan

Electric vans coming soon - Mercedes-Benz eCitan (regular diesel model pictured)

Now that the second-generation Citan has finally been revealed, we now have more details of the new electric variant. Called the eCitan, this is set to offer 177 miles of driving range per charge using a 44kWh battery.

As before, the new Citan will share its platform with the Renault Kangoo – which is also set to come as an electric model – but this time Mercedes will not only go for electric power as well as diesel, it’s also had much greater say in the development of the underlying platform. Expected in the UK in late 2022.

>> 2022 Mercedes-Benz Citan full details on Parkers

>> Find a Mercedes-Benz Citan for sale near you

Renault Kangoo E-Tech – second-generation Kangoo ZE

Electric vans coming soon - Renault Kangoo ZE 2020

Renault has now revealed some proper technical details of the new Kangoo E-Tech, its second-generation electric small van. Taking over from the Kangoo ZE, the new model promises a 164-mile driving range, 102hp motor and loads of load space.

The current Kangoo ZE (recently renamed the Kangoo E-Tech, too) was the pioneering electric van, so we’re expecting big things from the new model, which is expected to reach UK buyers in 2022.

>> Renault Kangoo E-Tech electric van official details

>> 2021 Renault Kangoo - first details on Parkers

>> Find a Renault Kangoo for sale near you

Peugeot e-Partner

Peugeot e-Partner electric van, on sale in 2021

Peugeot’s version of the e-Berlingo and family, so the same 136hp / 100kW electric motor, 50kWh battery pack and 171-mile claimed driving range, set to go on sale in 2021.

As another joint winner of the Parkers Small Van of the Year 2021 and 2020, the Partner excels for user-friendliness and payload capacity, so the future electric version should be a versatile little machine.

>> Peugeot e-Partner official details on Parkers

>> Read our main Peugeot Partner review

>> Find a Peugeot Partner for sale near you

Toyota Proace City Electric

Electric vans coming soon - Toyota Proace City Electric

The Proace City is a small van built on Toyota’s behalf by Stellantis in France, and like the other small vans in this family (the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo), an electric version will be appearing in late 2021.

Called the Toyota Proace City Electric, it will be powered by a 136hp electric motor with a 50kWh battery pack. So although Toyota hasn't confirmed this yet, we're expecting the same 171-mile driving range and 800kg payload as the others.

>> Toyota Proace City Electric official details on Parkers

>> Read our main Toyota Proace City review

>> Find a Toyota van for sale near you

Vauxhall Combo-e

Vauxhall Combo-e electric van, on sale in 2021

The final small van in the Stellantis family, the Vauxhall Combo is sister to the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, and is once again confirmed for an electric version that will go on sale in 2021.

We have a lot of respect for these small vans – hence making them 2021 and 2020 award winners – so we are expecting them to move the electric game on, or at least really take the fight to the next-generation Renault Kangoo ZE. The 136hp motor, 50kWh battery pack and 171-mile claimed driving range are a strong start.

>> Vauxhall Combo-e official details on Parkers

>> Read our main Vauxhall Combo Cargo review

>> Find a Vauxhall Combo for sale near you

Also read:

>> The best electric vans you can buy now

>> The Parkers guide to electric vans

>> Electric plug-in van grant - everything you need to know

>> Best hybrid vans on sale in the UK

>> Ellesmere Port to build electric vans

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