The Friday Five – EcoVans

With fuel prices on the rise again and fuel efficient vehicles becoming more and more popular, this week’s Friday Five is about eco-friendly vans. Many companies are using them now because with electric vans there are, obviously, far reduced fuel prices. The money saved then helps go towards ongoing costs, such as commercial vehicle insurance. So, take a look through our top five eco-friendly vans and tell us what you think about these fantastic, environmentally friendly vehicles.

5. Peugeot eBoxer


The eboxer starts us off at number five on the list and has been designed not only to offer practicality but style too. There are a variety of models to choose from but all offer, safety, entertainment and security features. Depending on which one you buy, there is a loading volume of 11.5 metres cubed or 13 metres cubed. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery.

4. Mercedes Benz Vito E-Cell


The Vito E-Cell makes this week’s Friday Five thanks to its high performance lithium-ion batteries that have a combined capacity of 36kWh. This is sufficient for a range of around 80 miles. Meanwhile, the electric motor that powers the Vito E-Cell has an output of 60kW, with 280Nm of torque. The Vito has been a popular choice amongst van drivers for many years now and continues to sell very well. Mercedes have their eyes on market domination, will they ever achieve it?

3. Nicholson McLaren Citroen Nemo


You may not have heard of this one, but it certainly exists. What impresses us is that Nicholson McLaren, based in Wokingham, specialise in alternative fuels. They’ve used a Citroen Nemo and carried out an electric vehicle conversion on it. The vehicle can be recharged in 7 hours and has a range of around 80 miles. The top speed is about 65mph.

2. Azure Dynamics Ford Transit Connect


The award winning Transit Connect Electric ranks second on our Friday Five this week. It makes use of a lithium-ion battery from Johnson Controls. The van has a top speed of 75 miles per hour and the battery is rechargeable using a 240 volt or regular 120 volt outlet. The Transit has historically been the most popular name in the van industry and so it is little surprise that Ford are taking the Transit name into new territory.

1. Renault Kangoo Maxi ZE


The Maxi ZE went on sale at the end of 2011 and comes in a couple of sizes. The first can seat two people. This van has a load capacity of 4.6 metres cubed compared to the version which seats 5 and has a capacity of 3.4 metres cubed. The Kangoo is powered by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery and sits at number 1 on our list this week thanks to its popularity, styling, efficiency and all round performance!



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