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9 Dec 21

Overview new electric LCVs: no excuse to wait

Updated on 9 December 2021

Even though they may require a more careful operational planning and some infrastructural adaptations, the latest electric vans are ticking a lot of boxes while cutting fuel and maintenance costs. Moreover, with LEZ and emission targets looming large, fleets had better start incorporating them to gain valuable experience ahead of a general roll-out. These are the e-vans that belong on your vehicle list. 

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Now that electric cars are about to break through, the e-wave is also building up in the LCV segment. The focus is on larger vehicles, which are particularly popular with courier companies, but the offer is expanding to the midfield.

The big challenge with vans is the reconciliation of load capacity with driving range. You can only get a big range by mounting a large battery pack, but that in turn reduces the payload. So it comes down to finding the right balance - and looking at the actual usage. It is no coincidence that many OEMs offer two battery pack sizes.

Fleet Europe has assembled all newcomers in a practical overview per segment, which will be updated regularly. 

Small vehicles

Addax MT

This Belgian-built utility vehicle is available with open or closed cargo box, as a chassis-cabin and can be custom developed for last mile delivery, warehouse logistics, cities and municipalities. 

  • Battery size: 14,4 kWh
  • Range: up to 132 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): unknown
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): not applicable
  • Payload: up to 1,024 kg
  • Load volume: 5 m³

Citroën e-Berlingo

The award-winning French compact LCV comes in two sizes (M & XL) and has a generous safety equipment while offering a range of 275km.  

  • Battery size: 50 kWh
  • Range: +/- 275 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 11 kW (5 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 100 kW (30 min)
  • Payload: up to 800 kg
  • Load volume: up to 4.4m³

Nissan Townstar

It’s the first time Nissan developed a mirror model of the Kangoo from alliance partner Renault. Emphasis lies strongly on the EV version, which shares its characteristics with its French counterpart.  

  • Battery size: 44 kWh
  • Range: +/- 285 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 22,0 kW (2 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 75 kW (42 mins)
  • Payload: up to 800 kg
  • Load volume: 3.9 m3
     

Opel Combo-e

Whereas the previous Combo was the result of a joint venture with FCA (Doblo), the current generation is a pure PSA product. It therefore has the same specs as the Berlingo and Partner.  

  • Battery size: 50 kWh
  • Range: +/- 275 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 11 kW (5 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 100 kW (30 min)
  • Payload: up to 800 kg
  • Load volume: up to 4.4m³

Peugeot e-Partner

Borrowing its powertrain from the Peugeot e-208, this electric Partner is also proud of its i-Cockpit, which is basically the only differentiator vis-à-vis the Combo and the Berlingo.  

  • Battery size: 50 kWh
  • Range: +/- 275 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 11 kW (5 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 100 kW (30 min)
  • Payload: up to 800 kg
  • Load volume: up to 4.4m³

Renault Kangoo

The new Kangoo prides itself on the widest lateral opening in its segment and an enhanced electric drivetrain that offers up to 265 km of range.

•    Battery size: 44 kWh
•    Range: +/- 265 km
•    AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 22 kW (2 hrs)
•    DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 75 kW (42 min)
•    Payload: up to 800 kg
•    Load volume: up to 3.9m³

 

Midsized vehicles

Maxus e-Deliver3

The legacy brands might well be caught by surprise by this Maxus eDeliver3, which finds itself in between the small and the midsized segment and brings a host of strong arguments to the table.

  • Battery size: 35 or 53 kWh
  • Range: 150 - 240 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 7.2 kW (5.5 – 9 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 28-42 kW (1 hr)
  • Payload: up to 1,020 kg
  • Load volume: 4.8 - 6.3 m³

Citroën e-Jumpy/e-Dispatch

With a choice of three body lengths and two battery sizes, this LCV covers several segments. Its limited height makes it ideal for low-roofed garages.

  • Battery size: 50 or 75 kWh
  • Range: 230 - 330 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 7.4 – 11 kW (5 hrs – 12 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 100 kW (30-45 mins)
  • Payload: up to 1,275 kg
  • Load volume: up to 6.6 m³

Fiat Scudo

Later to the party, the all-electric Scudo sits on the same EMP2-module as its brethren at Stellantis. There will be four body types, ranging from Van, Combi, Crew Cab to Platform Cabin.

  • Battery size: 50 or 75 kWh 
  • Range: +/- 230 - 300 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 7,4 – 11 kW (5 hrs – 12 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 100 kW (30 - 45 mins)
  • Payload: up to 1,275 kg
  • Load volume: up to 6.6 m3
     

Opel Vivaro-e

Opel has developed the new Vivaro e for a diverse customer group and therefore offers various body variants, such as crew cab, platform cab or people carrier.

  • Battery size: 50 or 75 kWh
  • Range: 230 - 330 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 7.4 – 11 kW (5 hrs – 12 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 100 kW (30-45 mins)
  • Payload: up to 1,275 kg
  • Load volume: up to 6.6 m³

Peugeot e-Expert

As a PSA product, the e-Expert features the same specs as the Vivaro and the Jumpy/Dispatch. Interestingly, there is no i-Cockpit to set it apart. 

  • Battery size: 50 or 75 kWh
  • Range: 230 - 330 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 7.4 – 11 kW (5 hrs – 12 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 100 kW (30-45 mins)
  • Payload: up to 1,275 kg
  • Load volume: up to 6.6 m³

Nissan e-NV200 XL Voltia

If the regular Nissan e-NV200 doesn’t fit the bill in terms of cargo capacity, then this XL Voltia conversion may answer your prayers. Interestingly, existing e-NV200s can be retro-converted. 

  • Battery size: 40 kWh
  • Range: 200 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 6.6 kW (7 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 46 kW (45 mins)
  • Payload: up to 580 kg
  • Load volume: 6 - 8 m³

 

Large vehicles

Arrival 

This UPS-backed start-up will produce modular vans that use lightweight thermoplastic composites for body panels. Arrival claims its vans will return a 40% to 50% savings compared to comparable diesel vans. 

  • Battery size: 44 – 130 kWh
  • Range: tbc
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): tbc
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): tbc
  • Payload: tbc
  • Load volume: tbc

Fiat e-Ducato

The all-new Ducato comes in a variety of body types and lengths, including panel van and chassis-cab. It also offers two battery pack sizes.

  • Battery size: 47 or 79 kWh
  • Range: 230 - 360 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 7 - 11 kW (4.5 - 8 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 50 kW (50 mins - 1 hr 25 mins)
  • Payload: up to 1,950 kg
  • Load volume: 10 - 17 m³

Ford E-Transit 

The Transit is powered by a 198kW electric motor and comes in 25 different configurations. It carries a 2.4kW power outlet which can be used to charge power tools.

  • Battery size: 67 kWh
  • Range: 350 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 11 kW (8 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 115 kW (40 mins)
  • Payload: up to 1,950 kg
  • Load volume: up to 15.1 m³

Maxus eDeliver9

Chinese van specialist Maxus ups the stakes with the bigger eDeliver9, available with 4 battery capacities. It replaces the frontrunner EV80 and has more space and more range than its little brother, eDeliver3.

  • Battery size: 52, 65, 72 & 89 kWh
  • Range: +/- 186-296 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 11 kW (6-9 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): 80 kW (>45 mins)
  • Payload: up to 1,350 kg
  • Load volume: >12,5 m3

Quantron Q-light FCEV

A unique offering in Europe, the Quantron Q-light FCEV leaves a choice to operate it as an electric or a fuel cell vehicle. The hydrogen tanks can be doubled to maximize range. Exact figures are yet to be confirmed. 

  • Battery size: 37 kWh (+FC) 
  • Range: +/- 300 - 500 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): tbc
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): tbc
  • Payload: up to 4,200 kg
  • Load volume: not announced

Renault Trucks Master Z.E.

Not a newcomer in the market for battery-electric vans, but Renaults contender in the 3.5 tonnes class underwent a significant battery swap, giving it longer range and more flexibility. 

  • Battery size: 52 kWh
  • Range: +/- 244 km
  • AC charging (0-100% SoC time): 22 kW (2 hrs)
  • DC charging (10-80% SoC time): tbc
  • Payload: up to 1,740 kg
  • Load volume: 20 m3
     

 

 

Authored by: Dieter Quartier