How far could you go in these electric vans?

On one full charge, most electric vans are far more capable of going the distance than a lot of people think they are

We all know it.

Electric is the future, and with businesses that are keen to make savings, the future is now.

However, range anxiety and the apparent lack of infrastructure are two of the biggest deal breakers when it comes to making the switch to electric.

And a lot of factors affect the manufacturer’s claimed range, such as how much the van is carrying, driving habits and whether you’ve got the air-conditioning blasting cold air.

It’s always worth planning your journey and researching where you can stop to charge your van to avoid the nightmare scenario of a dead battery in the middle of nowhere, causing delays to your work day. There are a number of apps you could use, such as ZapMap, to locate EV chargers that are on your route.

It’s also worth considering workplace charging. If you’re a business that’s working on becoming a greener company, you’ll want to make it easier for your drivers to recharge their vehicles.

Using Google Maps, we’ve looked at the manufacturer’s claimed range of these seven electric vans and have planned a few potential journeys you could make from Exeter, Devon – the home of Carparison HQ – on one full charge.

Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo: Exeter to Chester

The modern-day version of the iconic camper, this vehicle was made for long journeys. It could travel from Exeter to Chester, which is a distance of 250 miles if you keep on the M5.

The Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo is the van with the highest claimed range on our list: 256 miles. And with the ability to charge from 5-80% in approximately 30 minutes, you’ll have no worries about running out of charge on the way.

Plus, if you use your van for personal use too, why not take a visit to Chester Zoo in your free time where they have 26 7kW electric charging points available for use.

And if you want comfort and convenience for those long journeys, the ID. Buzz Cargo has been designed to make your workday just that bit easier – it’s the perfect option for your next electric van lease.

Peugeot e-Expert: Exeter to Shrewsbury

The 201-mile journey from Exeter to Shrewsbury takes just over three and a half hours if you travel via the M5.

The Peugeot e-Expert has a range of 205 miles on one full charge, so according to the manufacturer, it’s capable of making it to the market town in Shropshire.

But if you need to stop for a break and charge up on the way, there are plenty of charging stations along the route if you start to get worried. And if you can find a 100kW rapid charger, it’ll take just 30 minutes to get from 0-80% of charge.

So, if you need to travel a distance that’s like Shrewsbury from Exeter, you can be reassured that the Peugeot e-Expert will get you there.

Ford E-Transit: Exeter to London

With a claimed mile range of up to 196, the Ford E-Transit could travel from Exeter to London which is also 196 miles if you go via the M5 and M4.

This one might be a bit of a stretch, but being an almost four-hour journey, you’d probably want to take a break at some point anyway and could plug your van into a rapid charger while stopped for a coffee break.

There are plenty of opportunities to stop off at a service station or some chargers near the route if you can’t find one that’s free, especially around Bristol and Reading.

Or you could cut down the distance considerably if you go via the A303, where there are several chargers along the way and it’s only a 177-mile journey.

So, if you need to travel to or near the UK capital, it all depends on whether you’d prefer to use an A-road or the motorway.

Citroen e-Berlingo: Exeter to Reading

You can’t go wrong with the Citroen e-Berlingo if you’re interested in electric van leasing. The French manufacturer has certainly dedicated themselves to electric mobility, creating the ultimate pure electric work van that’s easy to operate.

The Citroen e-Berlingo has a claimed range of up to 182 miles and is capable of travelling from Exeter to Reading which is a distance of 164 miles via the M5 and M4.

Using a public rapid charger, it takes just 30 minutes to achieve an 80% charge which is enough time to stop for a coffee and browse for some snacks for the road, but not too much that you’ll be sat around twiddling your thumbs for ages.

Capable of a decent long journey, the Citroen e-Berlingo would make an excellent business van if you’re constantly on the move. 

Mercedes eSprinter: Exeter to Bristol

With a range that’s a lot lower than most electric vans nowadays, the Mercedes eSprinter probably won’t be ideal for businesses that travel long distances every day.

However, with a claimed range of 95 miles, the Mercedes eSprinter could reach Bristol from Exeter, which is just over 80 miles.

So, if you needed to make a delivery for example, you could stop for a quick charge at a rapid charger in Bristol before you make the trip back. A rapid charger can get the Mercedes van from 10-80% in around 30-120 mins.

But it’s still a great option if you’re thinking of van leasing. It’s just more suited for businesses that travel locally and don’t go more than 80 miles on a normal business day.

Fiat E-Ducato: Exeter to Derby

Are you a business that’s looking for a large electric van that can travel a fair distance? Then look no further than the Fiat E-Ducato.

The Fiat E-Ducato can travel 230 miles per charge which is pretty impressive for a large van, and it would be able to drive the 214-mile journey from Exeter to Derby with no issues.

Of course, it depends on how much you’re carrying too, so it would be wise to stop and charge on the way whenever you can. But it only takes 30 minutes of charging to add on an extra 60 miles if you can find a public 50kW rapid charger.

The Fiat E-Ducato is definitely a solid choice for your next business van lease.

Maxus eDELIVER 3: Exeter to Aberystwyth

If you travel anywhere in South Wales for business, the Maxus eDELIVER 3 would have the ability to get you there. The distance between Exeter and Aberystwyth, which is located on the West coast of Wales, is 196 miles and the eDELIVER 3 can deliver up to 213 miles on a full battery.

There are also several chargers on route, so you won’t have any issues finding a place to recharge on the way. It’s worth checking if there are chargers near where you’ll be parked when you’ve reached your destination so you can stock up on a few miles for the journey back.

Using a DC rapid charger, it’ll take 45 minutes to charge the eDELIVER 3 up to 80% so you won’t need to wait around too long to charge up.

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Laura Henley

Laura Henley

Laura is a Digital Copywriter in our (award-winning) marketing team, tasked with keeping you up to date with all the latest industry news and gossip. With a wealth of experience under her belt, there's no one better to keep you entertained and informed.