Electric Delivery Vans Around World
The electrification of vehicles is not limited to just passenger cars and bikes. Electric vehicle manufacturers are now tapping into the delivery van market, developing battery-operated light commercial vehicles. Although still in its nascent stage, the delivery industry has a vast potential to utilize EVs, especially for last-mile and short-haul deliveries. Despite some considerable challenges like the Coronavirus pandemic, semi-conductor production issues, Ukraine-Russia War, etc., Q1 of 2023 has recorded a steep rise in the sale of Electric Delivery Vans worldwide. Market analysts predict a steady growth of about 21.8% from 2022 to 2032 in the delivery Electric Vans sales.
Here’s a list of the top 10 Electric Delivery Van manufacturers, you may consider for your next purchase:
1. Rivian’s Amazon Delivery Van
When Amazon decided to turn its delivery system green, it joined hands with Rivian Automotive Inc. for designing and producing 100,000 custom delivery vans. The vans are available in three sizes EDV-500, EDV-700, and EDV-900. The most important feature of Rivian EDV is the focus on the driver’s safety. The enlarged windshields and embedded exterior cameras provide a 360-degree view of the surroundings. Red taillights along the sides and roof act as a beacon for other drivers. The noise system of the car is specially designed too; it is loud enough to warn the pedestrians but quiet enough that nothing reaches people inside buildings.
2. Arrival Van
Marketed from 2022, Arrival is stuck in a soup with two of their biggest deals in three years not able to see the light of the day. However, nothing can beat the promising design and capacity of the Arrival Van. This one has batteries ranging from 44 to 133kWh. Imagine the range of distance it can cover! It has a capacity of up to 1975kg, and the sturdy body is one of the best on offer if the company still survives the competitive markets around the world.
3. Canoo Multi-purpose Delivery Van
The company is yet to roll out its first consignment but it already has tie-ups with Walmart, a van-rental provider, a national-fleet leasing company in the US, and possibly with the restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A. Priced at approximately $33000, the Canoo MPDV promises 30% more parcel volume than other delivery vehicles in the comparable segments. It will be available in two variants, the compact MPDV1 designed to steer through the urban track and MPDV2 with a larger fit to travel longer distances. With battery variations of 40kWh, 60kWh, and 80kWh to be made available, this one has charging ports on both sides and a workstation for laptops or notepads along the driver’s dashboard.
4. Ford E-Transit
The E-Transit’s battery pack is a 68.0kWh unit, taking you up to 203km per charge. It is available in three variants: the chassis cab, cutaway, and cargo-van configurations, which essentially means, it is tailored to various commercial purposes. One of the quietest vehicles this size, the van is known for its torque and technological accessories. Although the speed largely depends upon the cargo size, it is still one of the most bought e-van.
5. BrightDropZevo 600
This General Motors-manufactured delivery EV just made its first commercial delivery outside the US last month. The company delivered a fleet of 400 vans to FedEx Canada. This electric van has impeccable features like 300hp engine strength and 390lb-ft torque. Currently available in the 600-version only, GM is also developing a smaller version, Zevo 400. Zevo 600 can drive up to a distance of 400km with a cargo capacity of about 4500kg. BrightDropZevo 600 already has agreements with FedEx, Walmart, Verizon, Hertz, Merchants Fleet, and the recent addition, Ryder to deliver the EVs under their campaigns to go green.
6. Lightning eMotors
Lightning eMotors, the fleet EV developer has struck a deal with General Motors to electrify the school buses, shuttle buses, commercial vehicles, delivery trucks, and work trucks. Already a renowned name in the cargo van and emergency vehicle industry, Lightning has developed the ZEV3 and ZEV4 delivery van fleet for last-mile cargo deliveries. In 2022, Lightning EMotors delivered ZEV3 to their Canadian client, GoBolt. With a battery capacity of 80kWh, this van can travel over a distance of up to 225km. With a payload capacity of up to 200kg, this is one of the most promising Delivery EVs in the catalog, with some of its developments and improvements still underway.
7. Bollinger Deliver-e
Unveiled in April 2023, Bollinger Deliver-e is sleek and stylish. The EV startup has announced that the delivery van will have five battery pack variants ranging from 70kWh to 210kWh. It will have a low floor design. Its sizes will be equivalent to various competitors, including Class 2B, Class 3, Class 4, and Class 5. While it is yet to see how this one fare in the dog-eats-dog Delivery E-van market, its concept is certainly lucrative and enticing.
8. Mahindra eSupro Van
Touted as India’s first delivery van, eSupro has two variants: an 8-seater passenger van and a secure cargo van. In the market since 2019, the eSupro Cargo has a range of 112km and a top speed of 60kph. Equipped with a 72V lithium-ion battery, the cargo van has a 25kW and 90Nm of torque. Mahindra has targeted this delivery van in the e-commerce, courier services, and transportation industry.
9. Volkswagen ID. Buzz Cargo
Cute. Well, that’s one word to describe this van. The other specifications that make this one of the most sought-after delivery vans in the world are a 77 kWh battery pack, rear-mounted 201hp motor, and three-door drive. This van has a distance range of up to 350km on complete charge and boasts of cargo fit of almost 138 cubic feet. With a base price of about $50,614 ID. Buzz is your go-to option if looking for a van for your small business deliveries.
10. Fiat E-Ducato
Stellantis’s first electric van launched in 2021, and this van is still registering steady sales in 2023. This LCV comes in two versions, with a 47kWh battery and a 79kWh battery. Makers claim that it can travel up to a distance of 370km and has a payload capacity of about 1900kg. The company offers a 10-year battery warranty and claims to offer real-world fuel savings. The basic model of Fiat E-Ducato costs about $63040.
While some of these electric delivery vans are already taking the markets by storm, some are still under development. The COVID pandemic and consequent boom in the door-to-door delivery industry have expedited their demand and sale. With companies like Amazon, FedEx, DHL, and other industries looking beyond urban areas and extending their services to far-off suburbs, and governments focusing on go-green initiatives, these EVs have a huge scope of growth and development.