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The best electric LCVs of 2022 (and how long it takes to charge them)

May 6, 2022 | Wesley van Barlingen

As the global demand for online deliveries and logistics increases, the number of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) on the road is projected to soar from 11.83 million in 2020 to 16 million by 2026. At the same time, increasingly stringent emissions targets and rising costs, are pushing companies such as Amazon, DHL, FedEx, and UPS, to electrify their commercial fleets.

While electric LVCs are still generally more expensive to buy than their diesel counterparts, their lower operating costs and minimal maintenance requirements make their total cost of ownership (TCO) comparable or even inferior to that of an internal combustion engine (ICE) alternative.

The best electric LCV for your business depends greatly on your needs, however, a key consideration will likely be around charging. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled below an overview of some of the most popular electric LCVs for 2022, including how long it takes to charge them.

Citroën e-Berlingo

A grey Citroen e-Berlingo driving fast on a country road at sunset.

The smallest in Citroën’s line of electric vans, the e-Berlingo is a flexible, versatile vehicle. Unlike its predecessors, the e-Berlingo was designed from the outset as an EV, which means it retains the same carrying capacity as the diesel version. Amongst all the LCVs on our list, it charges the fastest, supporting up to 100 kW of DC power, and has one of the longest ranges at 280 km, making it well-suited for heavier daily use.

Citroën e-Berlingo specs

The Citroën e-Berlingo comes in 2 models: the e-Berlingo M and the e-Berlingo XL. Both have a 50 kWh battery and 280 km range, with the XL being 35 cm longer and being able to seat up to seven people instead of the M’s five. 

What is the range of a Citroën e-Berlingo?

The range of a Citroën e-Berlingo is 280 km. This will depend greatly based on driving style and load. 

How big is the battery in a Citroën e-Berlingo? 

The battery capacity of a Citroën e-Berlingo is 50 kWh.

How much is a Citroën e-Berlingo?

The starting prices for the Citroën e-Berlingo range between €27,010 and €30,560*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Citroën e-Berlingo can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Citroën’s Dutch catalog price.

How long does aCitroën e-Berlingo take to charge?

The time it takes to charge up a Citroën e-Berlingo varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level Charging output

Charging times*

Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 23h 54 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 07h 25 min
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 5h
Level 2 (AC) 22 kW 2h 30 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 40 min
Level 3 (DC) 100 kW 20 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Peugeot e-Partner

A grey Peugeot e-Partner is parked and charging in a corporate environment on a sunny day.

Sharing many parts with the Citroën e-Berlingo, the Peugeot e-Partner is similarly priced and specced, with a 275 km range and up to 4.4 m3 payload. Like the Citroën, it supports up to 100 kW fast charging and a range of AC charging outputs, making it a reliable and versatile choice for longer trips. 

Peugeot e-Partner specs

Peugeot e-Partner model variations

Like its cousin, the Citroën e-Berlingo, the Peugeot e-Partner also comes in two models: Standard and Long. The Standard version is 4.4 m long and can carry up to 3.8 m3 payload, while the Long version is 4.75 m long and can carry up to 4.4 m3 payload. Both have a 50 kWh battery and a 275 km range.

What is the range of a Peugeot e-Partner?

The range of a Peugeot e-Partner is 275 km. This will depend greatly based on driving style and load.

How big is the battery in a Peugeot e-Partner? 

The battery capacity of a Peugeot e-Partner is 50 kWh.

How much is a Peugeot e-Partner?

The starting prices for the Peugeot e-Partner range between €27,010 and €30,560*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Peugeot e-Partner can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Peugeot’s Dutch catalog price.

How long does a Peugeot e-Partner take to charge?

The time it takes to charge up a Peugeot e-Partner varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW
23h 54 min
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
7h 25 min
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW
5h
Level 2 (DC)
22 kW
2h 30 min
Level 3 (DC)
50 kW
40 min
Level 3 (DC)
100 kW
20 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Fiat E-Ducato

A professional photograph of a parked grey Fiat E-Ducato with a plain background.

In the large van market, the Fiat E-Ducato offers a highly versatile package, with a range of heights, lengths, and chassis available for a total of 24 possible combinations. Its two battery sizes provide either 235 or 370 kilometers of range, which can easily be topped up in under an hour with 50 kW fast charging, making the E-Ducato well-suited for all-day use. 

Fiat E-Ducato specs

Fiat E-Ducato model variations

The Fiat E-Ducato is available in three heights (H1, H2, H3) and three wheelbases (Medium, Long, XL). All versions can be configured with 2 battery sizes:

  1. Fiat E-Ducato 3-module battery: The 3-module Fiat E-Ducato has a 49 kWh battery and 235 km range.
  2. Fiat E-Ducato 5-module battery: The 5-module Fiat E-Ducato has a 79 kWh battery and 370 km range.

 What is the range of a Fiat E-Ducato?

The range of a Fiat E-Ducato is either 235 km or 370 km.

How big is the battery in a Fiat E-Ducato? 

The battery capacity of a Fiat E-Ducato is either 49 kWh or 79 kWh.

How much is a Fiat E-Ducato?

The starting prices for the Fiat E-Ducato range between €53,100 and €70,600*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Fiat E-Ducato can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Fiat’s Dutch catalog price.

How long does a Fiat E-Ducato take to charge?

The time it takes to charge up a Fiat E-Ducato varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level Charging output
Charging times*:
49 kWh
Charging times*:
79 kWh
Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 23h 26 min 37h 46 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.0 kW 7h 42 min 12h 24 min
Level 2 (AC) 11 kW 4h 53 min 7h 54 min
Level 2(AC) 22 kW 2h 26 min 3h 57 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 39 min 1h 03 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Peugeot e-boxer

A Peugeot e-Boxer is parked and charging outside some warehouses on a sunny day.

Peugeot’s e-Boxer is another large electric van, with a range of heights and wheelbase lengths. Like the Fiat, it comes in two battery sizes, although its range is somewhat on the lower end at 117 km or 224 km. Still, that distance should be enough for the majority of urban deliveries, and where needed, the e-Boxer can quickly charge up with 50 kW maximum fast charging.

Peugeot e-Boxer specs

Peugeot e-Boxer model variations 

The Peugeot e-Boxer comes in two models, which can be configured with different lengths, heights, and trims.

  1. Peugeot e-Boxer 37 kWh: The smaller version of the e-Boxer has a 37 kWh battery and 117 km range.
  2. Peugeot e-Boxer 70 kWh: The larger e-Boxer has a 70 kWh battery and 224 km range.

What is the range of a Peugeot e-Boxer?

The range of a Peugeot e-Boxer is either 117 km or 224 km.

How big is the battery in a Peugeot e-Boxer? 

The battery capacity of a Peugeot e-Boxer is either 37 kWh or 70 kWh.

How much is a Peugeot e-Boxer?

The starting prices for the Peugeot e-Boxer range between €57,990 and €66,380*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Peugeot e-Boxer can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Peugeot’s Dutch catalog price.

How long does a Peugeot e-Boxer take to charge?

The time it takes to charge up a Peugeot e-Boxer varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level Charging output
Charging times*:
37 kWh
Charging times*:
70 kWh
Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 17h 41 min 33h 28 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 5h 30 min 10h 24 min
Level 2 (AC) 22 kW 1h 51 min 3h 30 min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 29 min 56 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Mercedes eSprinter

A Mercedes eSprinter is driving fast in a urban environment. There are some defocused people walking on a sidewalk behind the van.

This year sees Mercedes updating its three-year-old eSprinter with a newer, much more capable, purpose-built EV. Depending on the battery capacity, it can carry between 846 kg and 1,149 kg payload, with 11 m3 of useful space. While its standard, fast charging capability tops out at 20 kW, the eSprinter can be configured with up to 80 kW charging capacity for added versatility.

Mercedes eSprinter specs

Mercedes eSprinter model variations

The Mercedes eSprinter comes in two models:

  1. Mercedes eSprinter 35 kWh: The smaller version of the eSprinter has a 35 kWh battery and 105 km range.
  2. Mercedes eSprinter 47 kWh: The larger eSprinter has a 47 kWh battery and 145 km range.

What is the range of a Mercedes eSprinter?

The range of a Mercedes eSprinter is either 105 km or 145 km.

How big is the battery in a Mercedes eSprinter? 

The battery capacity of a Mercedes eSprinter is either 35 kWh or 47 kWh.

How much is a Mercedes eSprinter?

The starting prices for the Mercedes eSprinter range between €55,135 and €63,017*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Mercedes eSprinter can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Mercedes’ Dutch catalog price.

How long does a Mercedes eSprinter take to charge?

The time it takes to charge up a Mercedes eSprinter varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*:
35 kWh
Charging times*:
47 kWh
Level 1 (AC) 2.3 kW 16h 44 min 22h 28 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 5h 12 min 6h 59 min
Level 3 (DC) 20 kW 1h 10 min 1h 34min
Level 3 (DC) 50 kW 28 min 37 min
Level 3 (DC) 80 kW 17 min 23 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Renault Master e-tech

A Renault Master E-Tech is parked outside an enlightened cafeteria at night. A couple is walking by close to the vehicle.

A third option in the family of large vans is the Renault Master E-Tech, based on the company’s reliable diesel version of the Master. While its 33 kWh battery and 120 km range may seem comparatively low, it boasts one of the largest carrying capacities of any electric van on the list. At up to 1,300 kg and 13 m3, it supports a generous payload that makes the E-Tech a compelling choice for last-mile delivery.

Renault Master E-Tech specs

Renault Master E-Tech model variations

The Renault Master E-Tech is available in three lengths (Short, Medium, Long) and two heights (Low and Medium). All models come with a 33 kWh battery and 120 km range.

What is the range of a  Renault Master E-Tech?

The range of a Renault Master E-Tech is 120 km.

How big is the battery in a Renault Master E-Tech? 

The battery capacity of a Renault Master E-Tech is 33 kWh.

How much is a Renault Master E-Tech?

The Renault Master E-Tech starts from €57,560*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Renault Master E-Tech can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Renault’s Dutch catalog price.

How long does a Renault Master E-Tech take to charge?

The time it takes to charge up a Renault Master E-Tech varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW
15h 46 min
Level 2 (AC)
7.4 kW
4h 25 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

Mercedes eVito

A Mercedes eVito is stationary on the snow in a mountainous context with some snowy trees in the background.

Like the eSprinter, Mercedes is also updating the eVito this year. It’s receiving an impressive battery and performance upgrade, with a new 60 kWh capacity and a much-improved 280 km range. The eVito also retains its predecessor’s practicality, with up to 6.6 m3 carrying capacity that exceeds most other small electric vans.

Mercedes eVito specs

Mercedes eVito model variations

All Mercedes eVito models feature a 60 kWh battery with a range of 280 km. They can be configured with a Long or Extra-Long wheelbase, with a payload capacity of 6.0 m3 and 6.6 m3 respectively.

What is the range of a Mercedes eVito?

The range of a Mercedes eVito is 280 km.

How big is the battery in a Mercedes eVito?

The battery capacity of a Mercedes eVito is 60 kWh.

How much is a Mercedes eVito?

The Mercedes eVito starts from €46,090*, depending on the model.

*The cost of a Mercedes eVito can vary based on your location and dealership. The prices for the Netherlands were taken at the time of writing from Mercedes’ Dutch catalog price.

Mercedes eVito release date

The updated eVito with its new 60 kWh battery is starting to ship across Europe in late April 2022.

How long does a Mercedes eVito take to charge?

The time it takes to charge up a Mercedes eVito varies based on the power output and type of charger. We’ve calculated the charging time with the most common charging outputs at each charging level.

Charging level
Charging output
Charging times*
Level 1 (AC)
2.3 kW 28h 41 min
Level 2 (AC) 7.4 kW 8h 55 min
Level 2 (AC)
11 kW 6h
Level 3 (DC)
50 kW 48 min
Level 3 (DC)
80 kW** 30 min

*These numbers provide a calculated estimation of charging times – from 0 to 100 percent (AC) and 20 to 80 (DC) percent state of charge (SOC) – and do not reflect actual charging times or real-life situations. For a more accurate representation of (or more information on) actual charging times, please refer to the original manufacturer or certified dealerships. The results are based on an equation that uses the standard battery size and average performance of charging stations as metrics and are rounded up for readability. The highest DC charging power is the maximum power supported by the vehicle.

**The Mercedes eVito comes standard with a maximum DC charging output of 50 kW, but can be upgraded to 80 kW as an option.

 

Far from a time when electric vans were just a retrofit of their diesel-powered versions, manufacturers today are offering dozens of capable, cost-efficient electric light commercial vehicles. We hope this article has provided an overview of some of the main ones for this year and given you an idea of their different charging possibilities.

 

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