How to Choose the Best Electric Commercial Van Range for Your Needs
How do you choose the best electric van range for your business? Many companies are investing in electric vehicles (EVs) as clean air zones expand and fuel costs increase. Here we discuss the factors affecting your commercial electric van range selection.
Define Your Daily Usage Patterns
Are you an SME with two vans delivering around the city? Does your large fleet travel throughout the UK? Define your daily usage patterns when choosing the ideal commercial electric van range for your business. Long drives require a van with larger batteries to limit downtime. Company vehicles travelling shorter distances need smaller batteries as they can recharge when the van returns to the office, store, or warehouse.
Maxus commercial electric vans can be converted to meet your specific industry, cargo, and passenger needs. Our conversion range includes vans with sliding doors on both sides, crew vans, chassis cabs, milk floats, tippers, and vans with a low loading height.
Analysing EV Battery Capacity and Range
The most important part of an electric van is its battery. It determines your vehicle’s range before a recharge is required. Your needs dictate which EV battery capacity and range is best for your business. When you choose Maxus electric vans for your company, you benefit from our market-leading battery technology that reduces charging time and energy consumption. Maxus eDeliver vans offer the following:
Large Electric Van: Maxus eDeliver 9
The Maxus eDeliver 9 has three battery options with various battery cooling methods to reduce charge time, extend battery life and increase the operating range.
- Battery options: 51.5, 72 or 88.55 kWh
- Battery: Fast charge of 80% in 40 to 45 minutes (DC)
- City range: 147 – 219 miles per charge
- Long distance range: 112 – 185 miles per charge
Mid-Size Electric Van: Maxus eDeliver 7
- Battery options: 77 and 88 kWh
- Battery: Fast charge of 80% in 43 minutes (DC)
- City range: 300 – 340 miles per charge
- Long distance range: 200 – 230 miles per charge
Small Electric Van: Maxus eDeliver 3
- Battery options: 35 and 50.23 kWh
- Battery: Fast charge of 80% in 45 minutes (DC)
- City range: 141 – 213 miles per charge
- Long distance range: 99 – 151 miles per charge.
Consider Charging Infrastructure and Downtime Tolerance for Electrical Vehicles
Slow charging is the healthiest option for electric van batteries as it generates less heat, but it can take 8 to 24 hours to recharge, depending on the battery size and vehicle. Downtime tolerance is a major consideration for long-distance routes when you select an electric van range for your business or fleet.
Public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is, fortunately, widely available. When you convert to an electric van range, you will have to install charging infrastructure at your business and home if vehicles are taken from your premises overnight. Several government grants are available to support this expense.
Evaluate the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of an Electrical Vehicle
You might think owning an electric commercial van is expensive, but evaluating the total cost of ownership reveals its benefits. Have you heard about the UK Government plug-in van grant (PIVG)? It was developed to bridge the price gap between ultra-low emission and diesel van costs. The grant is available until 31 March 2025 and provides a discount on the purchase price of eligible electric vans. We are happy to confirm that one small and six large Maxus vans have qualified!
It is easy to evaluate the operational cost of an electric van with our Maxus Intelligence Onboard system. It collates real-time data into reports, including driver performance and the vehicle’s state of charge. You will also know how much each location’s recharge energy costs.
Maxus fully electric commercial vans are used widely across the UK and Europe. We have an expanding network of dealers in the UK, with Maxus EV experts in more than 60 locations. Contact us when you want to purchase the best electric van range for your business.