Best Electric Vans to Consider

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Best Electric Vans to Consider

Electric cars are being invented, produced and brought to the market a lot more frequently now – and so are electric vans! Whether you require a van for personal use, or whether you work for a company that wants to take the plunge and switch to electric – you have got a wide variety of reliable electric vans to choose from.

The main things to consider when purchasing a van (typically) are time to charge, mile range and load capacity. We will cover a few notable options, highlighting all the specifications & go into depth on the individual electric van’s charging statistics.

Citroen e-Dispatch

The Citroen e-Dispatch was released in the second half of 2020, starting off at £25,053 excluding VAT. A huge selling point for the e-Dispatch is the mile range of 205 miles (if you opt for the 75kW battery). Impressively offering a WLTP range of 144 miles if you choose to stick with the standard 50kW battery. Alongside the diesel Citroen Dispatch – the e-Dispatch offers the same payload (up to 1266kg) and the same storage capacity – which varies, depending upon the variable of the e-Dispatch purchased.

When it comes to charging the e-Dispatch; it requires a Type 2 charging cable as the electric van is fitted with a Type 2 port & an additional CCS (rapid charge) port. Admirably, the vehicle can be charged at a maximum of 7.4kW using a standard ‘fast’ charging cable – which we supply at 4EV! As mentioned earlier, the vehicle is also fitted with a CCS port, which allows for the e-Dispatch to be charged up to 100Kw at specific public charge points. It is also worth mentioning that the on-board charger can be upgraded to 11kW upon purchase - allowing for a faster three-phase charge.

Nissan e-NV200

The Nissan e-NV200 (more specifically the 2018 variant) is one of the most popular electric vans to date. Trusted by the likes of DPD & other major delivery companies – the e-NV200 is worth considering. A WLTP range of 124 miles, allowing for longer-distance journeys to be safely covered. Starting at £23,505 – three different variants of the e-NV200 can be chosen from: Visia, Acenta and Tekna. Payload and storage capacity being the resulting difference between the three. A payload starting at 705kg and storage capacity of 4.2m³, the e-NV200 proves to be a great choice.

Charging the e-NV200 is slightly different to the previously covered Citroen e-Dispatch – as the e-NV200 requires a Type 1 charging cable – to be inserted into the fitted Type 1 charging port. Charging from 0-100% in 6 hours using a standard ‘fast’ charging cable – supplied here at 4EV! The onboard charger of the e-NV200 allows for a maximum usage of 6.6kW. Where the rapid charge option of CHAdeMO allows for 46Kw – and a 0-80% charge time of 40 minutes (found tethered into specific public charge points). Appropriate charging times for daily use – whether you charge at home, work or on-the-go.

View all cables for the Citroen e-Dispatch

View all cables for the Nissan e-NV200

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Porsche Taycan Overview & Charging Options

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Porsche Taycan Overview & Charging Options

The Taycan is one of Porsche’s most popular electric sellers, and it’s no surprise as to why! Released in 2020, the Taycan has taken the EV world by storm. Admittedly, it may not be an affordable vehicle to some – but arguably it lives up to the price tag (starting £83,580). Boasting a WLTP range of 254 miles & a staggering 0-62mph speed of 4 seconds – the Taycan is certainly a spectacular EV.

When it comes to charging the Taycan – it features a Type 2 and CCS charging port. Offering a maximum charge rate of 7.4kW using a one-phase fast charging cable – and a maximum charge rate of 11kW using a three-phase cable. Both cables to be used with a standard charging unit or public charge point – the cables can be purchased from 4EV. The rapid charge option of CCS allows for a maximum charge rate of 225kW, and CCS chargers can be accessed at select public charge points. 22kW on-board chargers are optional for the Taycan - which would allow for the maximum of 22kW charging, using a three-phase cable.

Porsche Taycan

If you don’t have access to a standard charging unit at home/work – then you could always opt for the slow charging method – which utilises an EVSE cable (3-pin domestic plug). This cable can be used with your typical household plug and allows the Taycan to be charged at a slower rate from the comfort of your own home. Again, this cable can be purchased from 4EV.

If you want to read more about the cables mentioned, or want to purchase one. The cables are listed below!

 

5M Fast Charging Standard Cable (7.2kW)

5M Three-Phase Charging Cable (11kW)

10M Portable EVSE 3-Pin Plug Cable (6A/8A/10)

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Charging an Electric Vehicle from a Household Socket

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Charging an Electric Vehicle from a Household Socket

When it comes to charging your electric vehicle, you tend to have a choice of where you want to charge up, and when. A lot of EV drivers have access to public charge points or standard charging units – which require a ‘fast’ standard charging cable.

Whereas another practical way of charging for a lot of people – can be using a household 3-pin plug socket. A specific cable is required, to be able to charge up via a domestic plug and we supply this cable here at 4EV! It is as simple as charging your mobile phone or any other household electrical device. The EVSE is also available for both Type 1 and Type 2 vehicles!

This method of charging is known as ‘slow’ charging – which admittedly, does not sound necessarily appealing – but it is practical as it gives you the option of charging from your very own home. The EVSE cable works at 10A as a maximum, but offers quite a cool, controlling switchable rate feature – which allows for you to choose whether you charge at 6A, 8A or 10A. The switching is simply operated by an RFID tag, which is supplied with the cable.

Another feature which allows you to have control during your charging, is the delayed timer. Ultimately, with the delayed timer – you can choose at what time your EV starts charging with the EVSE. Perfect for if you are wanting a scheduled charge every day or overnight!

All the features within the EVSE, revolve around safety and control and we always recommend this product to customers who are wanting to charge their vehicle overnight from home/work etc. Every EVSE purchased from 4EV comes with 2 RFID tags and a user’s manual which explains the features and cable in more detail. Alternatively, if you require more information – please get in touch with our support team via Live Chat or send an email to support@4ev.co.uk.

Type 1 EVSE - https://www.4ev.co.uk/10-metre-type-1-portable-evse-uk-charging-cable

Type 2 EVSE - https://www.4ev.co.uk/10-metre-type-2-ev-portable-evse-charging-cable

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