The Electric Van Thread
Mercedes-Benz eSprinter vans. 80+ mile range
That’s MB all round. Late and lame.
Folks have already identified a few van BEV problems: weight, shape, size. That vans are probably less popular than cars adds to the inertia for manufacturers. While it could be (££) painful legislation would be a great help. If that were accompanied by government support like tax relief or VAT relief on charging that might help.
Still, Ford seem to offer something good with the electric pickup in the USA. Let’s hope more options follow as the global markets get back up to speed.
Despite my MB skepticism, range may not be an issue for many van owners. Rather fast charging might be the thing. If you could top up fast at a stop or a job that’d make a more modest range workable.Posted 5 days ago
Hell, I’d be happy with a quarter (or even an eighth) of that output in the next Transit Custom if it’s going to be electric.
yup! The performance of the current Custom PHEV is disappointing (to say the least!)
Surprised Guy Martin hasn’t cobbled together one of these already to be honest!!Posted 5 days ago
Despite my MB skepticism, range may not be an issue for many van owners. Rather fast charging might be the thing. If you could top up fast at a stop or a job that’d make a more modest range workable.
To be fair, the new eVito models have a real tested range of around 240 milesPosted 5 days ago
I just test-drove an E-vivaro a couple of days ago. Drove very nicely but anyone reasonably tall would need to take out the bulkhead to fit in the driver’s seat. Why anyone would design a van so cramped…the mind boggles.
(I actually tested the 9-seater so plenty of room, but then sat in a panel van just to see if I could. I couldn’t.)Posted 5 days ago
Ford have a transit eV on their website with roughly 190 mile range… Looks ok
and whats that range going to be with a heavy load in the back.Posted 5 days ago
admitidly my long journeys are done with not much weight but i would need at least double that range before even considering one.
I believe an electric F250 is imminent in the US and it will have a 300 mile range. That kind of format will be easily adapted for a van.Posted 5 days ago
Can’t wait until it gets to Australia as. Ranger as it would be great to replace my current Ute.
So, which trail centres have a charging point then ?Posted 5 days ago
In Scotland, Laggan has a pair of 7kw chargers. Glentress can be ridden from the Peebles Hydro, that has four 7kw. Rapids in peebles town. Innerleithen has a rapid in the carpark next to No1. Rapids and fast in Aberfeldy town centre, great for the ‘Glassie Bike Park’, Pitlochry can be ridden from the dam carpark, free 7kw chargers (fed direct off the hydro I like to think), Dunkeld has a rapid in the town carpark with another two on the way. Aviemore has rapids in town and a fast charger right at the bottom of Burnside trails. Comrie Croft has four fast chargers, charged off their own solar array and battery storage. In the deep south I know Cwmcarn trail centre has a bank of fast chargers (that I think are free). Callander has rapid chargers in the carpark, great for riding Ben Ledi and the local tech. For the rapids we put it on when we get back from riding, then get changed and pack the bikes up. If it needs longer go grab a coffee, same as we usually would anyway. If anything it’s MORE of a faff having to go back to the van and move it before the 40mins is up. I prefer 7kw charger where we can leave it for the time we are riding, it’s less demand on the grid and leaves the rapids free.Posted 5 days ago
Have you lot discussed the X-Bus?
At first glance it looked good, then realised the quoted range was way off (you have to max it out with the optional battery packs and I think solar roof?) And it doesn’t have any form of rapid charging. So you end up with a 100 mile range max and 7kw charging only. Looks fun though.
I saw a VW T4 in Fife with a green plate flash, not sure if it was a conversion or a joker.Posted 4 days ago
Mercedes E-truck, a bit to big for normal STW style usages but interesting nonetheless.Posted 4 days ago
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