Best electric vans 2021

  • The best electric vans reviewed and rated on Parkers
  • Find out which small, medium and large electric van are best
  • Learn more about electric van driving range and suitability

Electric vans are getting better and better with every new model launched. On this page you'll find details of all the latest electric vans we've driven, info on their official driving range, links to our full reviews, what each of them is best for, how much they cost and which are cheapest.

So, if you're thinking about ditching diesel, these are the best electric vans on sale in the UK right now. Some of these 100% fully electric vans will cover more than 200 miles per charge.

Split up into small, medium and large categories, we've deliberately kept this list to electric vans we’ve actually driven. But if you're looking further into the future for your electric van purchase we can help you with that, too - in a separate article on new electric vans coming soon.

There are even some electric pickups on the way now, too.

What's more, our full guide to electric vans takes you through all the pros and cons of making the switch to plug-power from diesel.

The best electric vans in UK

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

Citroen e-Dispatch

Fiat E-Ducato

Nissan e-NV200

Maxus e Deliver 3

Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

Mercedes-Benz eVito

Peugeot e-Expert

Renault Kangoo ZE / E-Tech

Renault Master ZE / E-Tech

Renault Zoe E-Tech Electric Van

Toyota Proace Electric

Vauxhall Vivaro-e

Volkswagen e-Transporter

For full details of the available hybrid electric vans, see our dedicated best hybrid vans page.

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Best small electric vans

The small van sector has been available with electric power longer than any other, and the very first full production electric van, the Renault Kangoo ZE, is a small electric van that's still available now. Though it is soon to be replaced by an all-new model.

There are lots more small electric vans on the way soon, with the Citroen e-Berlingo, Peugeot e-Partner, Toyota Proace City Electric and Vauxhall Combo-e all due to launch before the end of 2021. Ford is also promising an 'electrified' version of the next Transit Connect, even though the Volkswagen Caddy it will be based on won't come as an electric van.

These small models are traditionally the cheapest electric vans, so if you're looking for a low cost solution for going zero emissions, here's where you should start. Attractive finance can even make them cheaper per month than some diesel vans.

3. Renault Kangoo ZE / E-Tech        

Best small electric van for proven capability

Best electric vans 2021 - Renault Kangoo ZE

Recently renamed the Kangoo E-Tech, the Renault Kangoo ZE has been on sale since 2006, and it is starting to feel its age - the interior is rather cheap and nasty.

Yet with age comes proven capability and plenty of sales success, and the Kangoo ZE is typically the bestselling electric van in Europe (vying with the Nissan e-NV200). A new Business+ version added in 2020 meets demand for extra standard kit.

Price: from £26,000*
Driving range: 143 miles WLTP
Load volume: 3.4-4.6 cubic metres
Payload: 605-640kg

>> Read our Renault Kangoo ZE review

>> Find a Renault Kangoo for sale via Parkers

2. Nissan e-NV200

Best small electric van for practicality

Best electric vans 2021 - 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 load space and the highest payload of any small electric van. It also offers rapid charging capability and an attractive £20k entry-level price. PLus you get a five-year warrant.

Price: from £26,305*
Driving range: 124 miles WLTP
Load volume: 4.2 cubic metres
Payload: 705kg

>> Read our Nissan e-NV200 review

>> Find a Nissan NV200 for sale via Parkers

1. Renault Zoe Van

Best small electric van for maximum driving range

Best electric vans 2021 - Renault Zoe Van

Not only the smallest electric van on this list, but one of the smallest vans of any kind you can buy in the UK. This means is has a tiny load space - it really is just a Zoe car with the rear seats removed - but it makes up for this by offering a massive driving range.

How massive? Try 245 miles WLTP, which is more than any other electric van or any size can manage. Being car-based, it's also good to drive, comfortable and very well equipped in either of its two trim levels.

Price: from £26,450*
Driving range: 239-245 miles WLTP
Load volume: 1.0 cubic metres
Payload: 435-457kg

>> Read our Renault Zoe Van review

>> Find a used Renault van for sale via Parkers


Best medium electric vans

The fastest growing area of the electric van market in recent years, medium electric vans offer a really useful blend of payload, space and driving range - which can often be tailored to your exact requirements thanks to a choice of van and battery pack sizes.

The leaders of the pack here are four versions of the same van, though Toyota has given itself the edge by offering the Proace Electric with up to 10 years of warranty cover. Very reassuring.

By contrast, the German entries from Mercedes and VW offer much more limited choice, but very accurate driving range predictions. And look out for the Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo in 2022, the first VW van to be based on a bespoke electric vehicle platform.

5. Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter

Best medium electric van for driving well

Best electric vans 2021 - Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter

The first electric VW van to go on sale in the UK is a medium-sized model with a somewhat unimpressive driving range. In fact, in the e-Transporter's case, the range is just 82 miles per charge. Compared with rivals this is almost embarrassing.

Almost. The thing about the e-Transporter is that it's just delightful to drive, to the extent it feels like a much higher quality product. If you don't need long distance, it's well worth a closer look, as its range prediction seems highly accurate when driving, too.

Price: from £42,000*
Driving range: 82 miles WLTP
Load volume: 6.7 cubic metres
Payload: 996kg

>> Read our Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter review

>> Find a Volkswagen Transporter for sale via Parkers

4. Mercedes eVito

Best medium electric van for moving people

Best electric vans 2021 - Mercedes-Benz eVito

Although the 92-mile driving range of the eVito electric panel van might not sound too impressive, it is attractively priced - for a Mercedes electric van - and the driving experience is a good one. Seems to go as far as it promises per charge, too.

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.

Price: from £40,895*
Driving range: 91-92 miles WLTP
Load volume: 6.0-6.6 cubic metres
Payload: 890-905kg

>> Read our Mercedes-Benz eVito review

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

3. Maxus e Deliver 3

Best medium electric van for driving range accuracy

Best electric vans 2021 - Maxus e Deliver 3

Maxus is the new name for LDV in the UK. The Chinese-owned brand has sold capable electric vans before, but the e Deliver 3 goes a stage further by being purpose-built as an EV right from the start. Clever construction means its some 400kg lighter than rivals.

While driving range isn't as impressive as the Stellantis vans below, range accuracy is supremely good, and it isn't at all phased by motorway speeds in the way many electric vans are. The cabin's a little quirky, and the load area is on the small side, but we'd still give the e Deliver 3 real consideration.

Price: from £30,000*
Driving range: 99-151 miles WLTP
Load volume: 4.8 cubic metres
Payload: 865-905kg

>> Read our Maxus e Deliver 3 review

>> Find a Maxus e-Deliver 3 for sale via Parkers

=2. Vauxhall Vivaro-e | Peugeot e-Expert | Citroen e-Dispatch

Best medium electric vans for all-round capability 

Best electric vans 2021 - Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e

The Vauxhall Vivaro-e and its French cousins the Citroen e-Dispatch and Peugeot e-Expert are game changing electric vans. This highly impressive trio from Stellantis offer two battery pack sizes and incredibly reasonable pricing.

With a claimed driving range of over 200 miles per charge or a payload of over 1,200kg they have outstanding capability for vans of this size with electric power. A great driving experience and plenty of choice seals the deal. Collectively these are the 2021 Parkers Electrified Van of the Year award winners.

Price: from £33,265*
Driving range: 143-205 miles WLTP
Load volume: 4.6-6.1 cubic metres
Payload: 1,002-1,226kg

>> Read our reviews of the Vauxhall Vivaro-ePeugeot e-Expert and Citroen e-Dispatch

>> Find them all for sale via Parkers

1. Toyota Proace Electric

Best medium electric van with a 10-year warranty

Best electric vans 2021 - Toyota Proace Electric

New for 2021, the Toyota Proace Electric is a carbon-copy of the three Stellantis vans above, and is built for Toyota by Stellantis. Toyota offers only a single body size and trim level, but makes up for this lack of choice with a huge 10-year warranty.

This is a big upgrade over the three-year warranty offered by its relations. And though it misses out some safety features, standard kit is reasonable and you still get a choice of the two battery pack sizes - meaning up to 205 miles of driving range or up to 1,226kg of payload.

Price: from £33,970*
Driving range:
 143-205 miles WLTP
Load volume:
 5.8 cubic metres
Payload:
 1,002-1,226kg

>> Read our Toyota Proace Electric review

>> Find a Toyota Proace for sale via Parkers


Best large electric vans

The large electric van segment has been a little slow to get going - for while large vans offer lots of room for cargo and batteries, they have traditionally struggled to provide much driving range while also delivering plenty of payload.

The UK government has helped out here by increasing the gross vehicle weight for electric vans that you can still drive on a standard driving licence, in some circumstances.

The competition really hots up in 2022, however, when the Ford E-Transit is set to go on sale, offering 217 miles of driving range and 269hp from its electric motor. Other upcoming rivals include the related Citroen e-Relay, Peugeot e-Boxer and Vauxhall Movano-e, and the MAN eTGE / Volkswagen e-Crafter.

3. Mercedes eSprinter

Best large electric van for premium zero-emissions parcel delivery

Best electric vans 2021 - Mercedes-Benz eSprinter

The eSprinter brings Mercedes quality and electric power to the large van market - albeit as a solitary front-wheel drive variant in the UK with no choice of body size, which looks a bit poor compared with its Renault Master ZE and Fiat E-Ducato rivals.

The 731kg payload and 82-mile driving range are also rather disappointing - though the Mercedes image is always good for business, it's good to drive and attractively priced. The firm is already working on a better eSprinter solution, however, which will features a rear-wheel drive layout and greater versatility.

Price: from £51,950*
Driving range:
 82 miles WLTP
Load volume:
 11.0 cubic metres
Payload:
 731kg

>> Read our Mercedes-Benz eSprinter review

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

2. Renault Master ZE / E-Tech

Best large electric van for factory conversion choice

Best electric vans 2021 - Renault Master ZE

The driving range of the all-electric Master E-Tech - previously known as the Master ZE - is nothing to write home about, with a WLTP claim of just 75 miles per charge (dropping to more like 50 miles in winter).

But Renault makes up for this with plenty of payload, and by offering the electric Master in a huge choice of body styles, including not just panel vans but box vans, Lutons, tippers and dropsides - all available direct from the dealer.

Price: from £54,900*
Driving range:
 75 miles WLTP
Load volume:
 8.0-13.0 cubic metres
Payload:
 925-1,425kg

>> Read our Renault Master ZE review

>> Find a Renault Master for sale via Parkers

1. Fiat E-Ducato

Best large electric van for payload and driving range

Best electric vans 2021 - Fiat E-Ducato

The E-Ducato is the newest large electric van on the block, and we reckon it's been worth the wait. Taking full advantage of its 4,250kg gross vehicle weight capability, it offers huge payload and comes in a wide range of sizes.

Being available as a chassis cab as well as a panel van means plenty of options for conversion, too, while a choice of two battery pack sizes means it also offers up to 175 miles of driving range, though we haven't yet been able to fully test this claim. A pleasant driving experience is the cream on the top.

Price: from £55,675*
Driving range:
 88-175 miles WLTP
Load volume:
 10.0-17.0 cubic metres
Payload:
 690-1,885kg

>> Read our full Fiat E-Ducato review

>> Find a Fiat E-Ducato for sale via Parkers

*All prices quoted are correct at the time of writing and exclude VAT. They also exclude any applicable UK government Plug-in Van Grant (PIVG).


Also read:

>> Best vans for reliability

>> The Parkers guide to electric vans

>> Electric vans coming soon

>> Electric pickups coming soon