While India gears up to receive the electric-ready Force Motor T1N van, the European market will get a host of electric LCVs, primarily delivery vans, in the first wave of the 2020s. In this post we take a look at 8 models.
2020 Renault Kangoo Z.E.
The leader of the European van market, Renault, previewed the next-generation Kangoo electric last year with the Renault Kangoo Z.E. concept van. Since the launch of the Kangoo Z.E. in 2011, over 40,000 copies of it have been sold in the European market. The company has confirmed an investment of 450 million euros over 5 years into the MCA factory of Maubeuge, in the North of France, for the production of the new Kangoo in electric and thermal variants.
Nothing much is known about the specifications of the 2020 Kangoo electric, but the battery is expected to be a big step-up from the 31 kWh unit of the current version. Expect the driving range to improve to about 250 km (real-world conditions) with a circa 50 kWh battery.
Citroen e-Jumpy & Citroen Berlingo electric van
Citroen has announced that it will introduce the e-Jumpy electric van in early 2020 and by 2021, its complete LCV portfolio would be electrified. The company will retail the e-Jumpy in two levels of travel range – 200 km on the WLTP cycle equipped with a 50 kWh battery and 300 km on the WLTP cycle equipped with a 75 kWh battery. The Jumpy comes in three sizes with a load capacity of 4.6 to 6.6 m³ and a payload capacity up to 1,400 kg. Citroen has also confirmed that the Citroen Berlingo electric would launch in 2021.
Mercedes had electrified the smaller Vito in 2019, and the bigger eSprinter comes into the lineup in 2020. The Mercedes Sprinter electric launches with two battery options: 55 kWh and 41 kWh. The former provides a range of 168 km and a maximum payload capacity of 891 kg while the entry-spec has a travel range of 115 km but with a higher 1,045 kg of payload. The electric powertrain offers the same cargo capacity as the ICE models with 370.8 cubic feet (10.5 cubic meters) of space.
4. Opel Vivaro-e
Opel revealed the electric version of its EMP2-based Vivaro van last November that is set to go on sale this year. Named the Vivaro-e, the vehicle looks exactly like the Vivaro except for the plug socket placed on the front left fender. Vivaro-e customers get a choice of two powertrains: the base model will feature a 50 kWh battery, which gives a range of 200 km, while the larger 75 kWh battery will do a minimum of 300 km of range (WLTP test cycle). Opel has said that the Opel Combo Life, Opel Combo Cargo and Opel Zafira Life will have an EV variant in 2021.
PSA brand Peugeot will give the Expert van electrification by 2021. The company says that since its customers drive less than 300 km a day, the electric variant of the Expert is a no-brainer. The e-Expert will launch with two battery capacities – 50 kWh, for a range of 200 kilometres (WLTP) and 75 kWh, for a range of 300 kilometres (WLTP).
Fiat Ducato Electric
Fiat, which recently merged with PSA, is introducing the electric version of the Ducato this year. Unveiled last July, the Ducato Electric gets battery options for 220 km to 360 km travel range in the NEDC cycle. The electric motor has a peak power of 90 kW, a peak torque of 280 Nm and a top speed of 100 km/h. The van will come available in all body types and load volumes of the conventional Ducato – from 10m3 to 17m3, and class-leading payload of up to 1,950 kg.
Ford Transit electric van
Ford has announced that it will be launching the Ford Transit Electric van in the United States and Canada in 2021 as a 2022 model year. Ford has already showcased the electric van covered in camouflage in an event at Amsterdam last year. The electric van will be based on Transit Smart Energy Concept which is a 10-seater passenger version of Transit. The Transit Electric will be offered in several shapes including cargo van, cutaway, and chassis cab. There will also be a choice of three roof heights and three body lengths.
Although no technical details of the electric cargo van have been revealed, we can expect it to get the powertrain of the Smart Energy Concept. That could mean a 55 kWh battery pack with a charging time of four hours and a range of 150 km.
The Ford Transit Electric will be offered with features that include FordPass Connect, forward collision warning, lane-keeping system, pedestrian detection, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, post-collision braking, and auto high-beam headlights. Customers can also use the FordPass Connect to access Ford Data Services and get services like geofencing, live map GPS tracking, vehicle diagnostics, etc.