EVs are taking over the automotive scene, and they’re not just regular vehicles and SUVs; commercial vehicles are also electrified. Industry giants like Amazon are doing everything they can to make their massive fleet more sustainable. To that end, Amazon is buying electric vans from Rivian in hopes of greening their massive delivery fleet.
Ford and GM are also introducing commercial electric vans that will contribute to the EV revolution in several industries. So, what are the best EV vans on the market?
1. Ford E-Transit Van
The all-electric E-Transit van starts at $46,295. This workhorse EV can be configured in many ways, with three roof heights and three body lengths. The E-Transit is clearly focused on taking over the competitive commercial van segment, and they’re not skimping on their electric offerings.
The fact that you can order Ford’s electric van with different roof heights and body lengths is a clear sign of Ford’s commitment to bring its full van experience to customers interested in an alternative to electric vehicles.
Ford calculated that the average van travels about 74 miles a day; so they designed the E-Transit van (the low-roof model of the van) with a range of 126 miles. The 126-mile range isn’t impressive, though, especially considering you can currently buy a family sedan EV with 400+ miles of range.
So a huge van with seemingly endless space for batteries with a range of 126 miles is somewhat disappointing, but this will be improved. The E-Transit does have many features, such as the available Pro Power Onboard, with which you can power your electric tools anywhere.
The E-Transit is spacious, with the highest roof version that can accommodate someone up to 6’9″ standing upright in the cargo area. The E-Transit Cargo Van also offers a payload of up to 3,880 lbs, with the cutaway model that an impressive 4,428 pounds.
2. BrightDrop Zevo 600
Ok, so if you thought the Ford E-Transit was missing, you’ve come to the right place. The BrightDrop Zevo 600 (GM’s commercial van) will cover the distance with a range of 250 miles. That’s absolutely amazing, especially for such a big and bulky vehicle.
And the fact that it’s about twice the distance between charges as Ford’s offering is probably no coincidence. The futuristic van also looks much better than Ford’s old-fashioned-looking design. The BrightDrop Zevo isn’t slow either. It boasts 300 all-electric horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The van is also AWD for peace of mind in all weather conditions.
In terms of payload, which is the whole point of a van, the BrightDrop has you covered too. The van has a massive storage space of over 600 cubic feet, combined with a payload capacity of 2,200 lbs. It features a cargo area that is 82 inches high and 83.68 inches wide. Another big advantage of the BrightDrop is the fact that the steps are not insanely high off the ground thanks to the electric powertrain. The Zevo 600 has a step height of just 15.49 inches.
The BrightDrop Zevo promises to save companies a lot of money normally used to refuel diesel trucks, and the long range offers the potential to recharge it every other day. There are also plenty of standard safety features on the BrightDrop Zevo, such as front pedestrian braking and automatic emergency braking.
3. Rivian Amazon Delivery Bus
Rivian is one of the most innovative companies currently building EVs (they are basically what Tesla used to be). Not only does Rivian build one of the coolest EV pickups on the market, but they also build a custom van for Amazon that is impossibly cool. The other vans on this list are mostly electric versions of the standard van that has been around all along. But Rivian goes one step further with this van.
They designed this van from the ground up to meet Amazon’s specific needs and to make it as user-friendly and accommodating as possible for the driver. Amazon drivers will spend tons of time behind the wheel of these vans, and Rivian has really thought of everything. Even the way the driver enters the van has been carefully designed by Rivian to be safe and second nature to the driver.
The contact points at the entrance are all designed with driver safety in mind, with grab bars that allow the driver to pull themselves up into the van and non-slip floors that prevent nasty falls. The interior is an ergonomic masterpiece built around the operator, ensuring that the job is done as efficiently as possible. Since the van shares much of its architecture with Rivian’s R1T and R1S, the infotainment system is very similar to those vehicles, but with Amazon-specific software.
The van also has throne-like seats that are heated and cooled so that the driver always feels fresh. Rivian also added an automatic door that separates the luggage compartment from the driver’s compartment. This door opens automatically when the driver stops and can also close automatically.
Another interesting feature of the van is that it has twin engines but has front wheel drive. This is presumably done to make the vans more efficient. In short, Amazon vans don’t have to be as rugged as the tech-filled Rivian R1T; so they can do it without AWD.
More EV vans ready for launch
EV commercial vehicles are on the way. However, the EV vans mentioned in this article are just the beginning, especially as companies are constantly trying to save money.
An EV fleet guarantees that companies will save tons of money by eliminating fuel costs, especially if they can find a way to implement renewable energy to recharge their fleet. It’s a really exciting time as we move to everything electric, especially when we consider that big trucks and airplanes could soon be electric too.