Best electric vans 2020

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If you're considering ditching diesel and buying an electric van, Parkers Vans and Pickups is here to help. This page covers the best electric vans that are currently on sale in the UK in 2020, what they’re good for and whether they’re worth your cash.

It’s a short list at the moment, and we’ve deliberately kept it to vans that we’ve actually driven and are actually on sale now – hence there are no Volkswagen electric vans listed at the moment (though we have driven the e-Crafter it’s not officially on sale in the UK yet).

There are also lots more electric vans on the way – including the Volkswagen eTransporter, Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Fiat Ducato Electric – with many planned for launch in 2020, too. So if you're not wanting to buy immediately we have a separate article covering the future electric vans coming soon.

For more electric van info we have a full guide to electric vans that lays out all the pros and cons of switching to battery power.

But keep reading this page for all the info you need about the best electric vans you can buy now, covering all of the following models:

The best electric vans you can buy now

Renault Kangoo ZE

Best for: proven capability

Best electric vans 2020 - Renault Kangoo ZE

On sale since 2011, the Renault Kangoo ZE has been in production longer than any other electric van – in fact, the second-generation version is due to be unveiled in 2020, before many van makers have even managed to get their first EV on sale in the UK.

With age comes proven capability and plenty of sales success – the Kangoo is typically the bestselling electric van in Europe (vying for the honour with the e-NV200). It’s good to drive and has a claimed WLTP driving range of 143 miles. A new Business+ version will add extra kit when it goes on sale later in 2020.

>> Read our Renault Kangoo ZE review

>> Find a Renault Kangoo for sale via Parkers

>> Get an insurance quote on the Renault Kangoo ZE via mustard.co.uk

Nissan e-NV200

Best for: practicality in a small package

Best electric vans 2020 - Nissan e-NV200

The latest version of the e-NV200 boasts a large 40kWh battery pack and a claimed combined driving range of 124 miles WLTP – though Nissan reckons this goes up to more like 187 miles if you’re mostly driving around town.

A tall, narrow van, it leans a bit in the turns but its single bodysize offers a generous 4.2 cubic metres of load space and a chunky 705kg of payload – usefully more than the Kangoo ZE. It also offers rapid charging capability and an attractive £20k entry-level price. And you get a five-year warranty on the whole van, too.

>> Read our Nissan e-NV200 review

>> Find a Nissan NV200 for sale via Parkers

>> Get an insurance quote on the Nissan e-NV200 via mustard.co.uk

Mercedes-Benz eVito

Best for: moving people

Best electric vans 2020 - Mercedes-Benz eVito

The electric version of the eVito is now fully on sale. And although the 93-mile driving range of the panel van version might not sound too impressive, it is currently the only fully-electric medium van you buy in the UK, and with a starting price of under £40k it’s strong value. No really.

It comes in a choice of two body lengths, and payload is around 900kg. But where the eVito really excels is in Tourer passenger carrying guise. The facelifted version of this electric minibus gets a bigger battery, and can now travel up to 261 miles between charges. That’s very impressive, but also costs somewhat more than £40k…

>> Read our Mercedes-Benz eVito review

>> Find a Mercedes-Benz Vito for sale via Parkers

>> Get an insurance quote on the Mercedes-Benz eVito via mustard.co.uk

Renault Master ZE

Best for: versatility, load capacity and payload

Renault Master ZE - 2020 Luton Low Loader box van conversion

Now that Iveco has stopped offering the Daily Electric in the UK (it’s most eco option remaining is the CNG-fuelled Natural Power range), the Renault Master ZE is the only mainstream large electric you can get in factory-built right-hand drive at the time of writing.

Fortunately, Renault offers it in an enormous choice of, with panel van, platform cab and chassis cab models available, and conversions including Luton box vans and tippers. For 2020 it's also added a 3.5-tonne gross vehicle weight option, increasing the payload. Expect a 75-mile range in the real world (50 miles in winter).

>> Read our Renault Master ZE review

>> Find a Renault Master for sale via Parkers

>> Get an insurance quote on the Renault Master ZE via mustard.co.uk

LDV / Maxus EV80

Best for: charging time and choice

Best electric vans 2020 - LDV EV80

While the Master is the only mainstream large electric van choice, you can buy an electric version of the LDV V80 called the EV80. The van this is based on is rather elderly, but the electric conversion suits it very well, and the EV80 is very much the pick of the V80 range.

Officially capable of 120 miles per charge (you can expect it not to go quite that far in real life), the EV80 is available in all the same versions as the regular diesel model, which means not only a choice of three panel vans but also as a minibus, crew van and chassis cab. You can fast charge it in less than two hours, and LDV typically holds plenty of UK stock.

>> Read our LDV EV80 review

>> Find a used LDV for sale via Parkers

>> Get an insurance quote on the LDV EV80 via mustard.co.uk

Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid

Best for: going further

Best electric vans 2020 - Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid, charging

Now, the Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid is not a pure-electric van. However, the only thing that drives the wheels is the electric motor – while there is a tiny 1.0-litre petrol engine under the bonnet, this is only there to act as a generator when the batteries run out. Which they will after around 30 miles of driving.

That doesn’t sound like much. But the point of this van is to provide zero emissions power around town, but still give you the flexibility to do longer journeys if required. As a result, total range is about 300 miles, and you can easily top up with petrol whenever you need to, rather than waiting to charge. A full-electric Transit is planned for 2021.

>> Read our full Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid review

>> Find a used Ford Transit Custom for sale via Parkers

>> Get an insurance quote on the Ford Transit Custom PHEV via mustard.co.uk

Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial PHEV

Best for: rough roads (and not looking like a van at all)

Best electric vans 2020 - Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial PHEV

The Outlander Commercial is a van conversion based on Mitsubishi’s most popular SUV model. Originally available as a diesel, it now only comes as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which works on a similar principle to the Transit Custom above: it has a short pure-electric range, backed up by a petrol engine for longer journeys.

As a commercial 4x4, its load area and payload aren’t as generous as you’ll find in a proper van. But it’s well-equipped, comfortable, quiet and nice to drive, while blending in with other regular cars . It also has four-wheel drive and enough ground clearance to tackle a little bit of rough terrain, should that be required.

>> Read our full Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial review

>> Find a used Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial for sale via Parkers

>> Get an insurance quote on the Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial PHEV via mustard.co.uk

Also read:

>> The Parkers guide to electric vans

>> Future electric vans coming soon

>> The best large vans

>> The best medium vans

>> The best small vans