A full electric, battery electric vehicle (BEV), or electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that runs entirely on electricity. Electric vehicles, unlike typical petrol or diesel vehicles, operate by connecting to a charging station and using power from the grid. They store energy in rechargeable batteries, which are subsequently used to power the vehicle.

Our Electric Van Lease Deals

Crusader Vans is a British vehicle rental and leasing company that can deliver your van or pickup truck for free anywhere in the United Kingdom. Crusader Vans has been in operation for a long time and has the best knowledge of van leasing in the UK. When you choose to lease electric vans from Crusader Vans, you can select from a variety of offers and packages that are right for you.

We offer a wide choice of of van lease deals including finance lease and contract hire, giving you the option of choosing the van lease deal that suits your business best.

Are electric vans any good?

Whilst electric vehicles are unquestionably the way of the future, they may not always be the best option for you today. Your driving ability and intended usage of the vehicle will determine whether or not an electric van is appropriate for you. If you’re thinking of leasing an electric van, consider the following:

  • Do you exceed 250 miles daily?
  • Do you have quick access to a charging point at home or work?
  • Do you carry heavy loads or live in an area with a low average annual temperature?
  • Do you drive in London’s Congestion Charge Zone or pay the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) Charge on a regular basis.

If an electric van isn’t suitable for you right now, try leasing a hybrid van, which has some of the advantages of a fully electric van but also has a conventional engine. Both types are low emission vehicles and would reduce your carbon footprint.

Why Leasing Electric Vans Could Be The Right Choice?

There are several reasons why an electric van lease might just be the right option for you:

Battery range

Battery range will be the most important element in determining whether or not an electric vehicle is appropriate for you. If an electric van can’t cover the distance you go a day on a single charge, it’s probably not for you. The bulk of electrical vans have a stated range of 90-120 miles, and while some vans may travel that far, cold weather can reduce range to as little as 50 miles. Research into business van usage has shown that the typical van driver travels around 70 miles each day, so switching to electric could save money for many of van users.


Another important consideration when purchasing an electric van is whether or not you have access to a charging station at your home or place of work.

The easiest method to recharge a van is to use a wall box, which provides quicker charging than plugging into a standard household plug socket. Many vans don’t currently have this choice, but you’ll be given a wall box installation once you purchase the van. By charging overnight at home, you could wake up to a fully charged van each morning.


Adding weight to either a diesel or electric van, will affect the miles per gallon or range, respectively. A weighty battery affects payload, but electric van payloads are gradually edging nearer to their diesel counterparts.

Most electric vans by design offer a similarly sized load area when compared to a traditionally fuelled van making them ideal for last mile delivery services, where the work is comprised of short trips with many light packages.


Whilst electric vehicles tend to have a higher list price than the equivalent diesel model, there are government grants available for vans registered in England, designed to help towards the cost of purchasing the vehicle and installing a charge point.

Running costs

The overall operating costs of an electric van differ from a diesel. Electric vehicles are subject to energy price increases, but these tend to be more stable than the price at the pump. When a van is charged overnight, the costs are estimated at around £1.50 to charge from empty. Traditional fuel costs are eliminated when you get a new electric van. Generally speaking, you should spend about £15 on conventional fuel to travel 100 kilometres, a cost that you can save with an electric vehicle. You should also be able to write down some of your domestic energy bills against VAT when you are registered as a company because the energy used for charging your van is genuine business expense.

What are the benefits of leasing an electric van vs petrol or diesel?

Maximise your buying power

Rather than committing to purchase an electric vehicle, whilst the technology is developing rapidly, consider investing in a long term rental or contract hire. Buying is a long term investment in a company’s sustainability strategy, but consider whether doing so now is right for you. A rental or lease allows you to ‘try before you buy’.

Reduce running costs

Electric van leasing deals provide significant cost benefits. The low operating expenses of many electric or plug-in hybrid vans provide an additional financial benefit when compared to traditional combustible fuel.

Lower Maintenance Costs

There are many fewer moving parts in an electric vehicle than in normal gasoline or diesel vehicle, and there are no costly exhaust systems, starting motors, fuel injectors, or radiators to repair. As a result, repair and maintenance expenses can be substantially lower, resulting in lower overall operating costs than a petrol or diesel vehicle.

Tax Savings and Incentives

Fully electric vans currently benefit from plug in grants, write down allowances for the business and lower Benefit in Kind tax for the driver. Overall, reduced tailpipe emissions can result in

Simple Home Charging

Imagine never visiting a fuel station again! By using a home charging unit (for which there are currently grants in place) – it’s never been simpler to charge your electric vehicle at home. Basically plug in, and recharge overnight to have a full battery come the morning.

Burnish your eco-credentials

The desire to help the planet may be the most compelling motivation to drive an electric vehicle. These cars emit zero or very low exhaust emissions, making them less harmful than their gasoline or diesel-powered counterparts.

What is the best electric van to short-term hire?

The best medium-sized van for you to hire on a short term or daily hire is the ABT eTransporter 6.1, and it’s an all-electric version of the famous Transporter 6.1.

The ABT eTransporter 6.1 is well suited for daily use and shorter journeys, with a range of up to 82 miles. Furthermore, 6,7m3 of load and payload of up to 1,001 kg facilitate the fulfilment of your day of work requirements. Whilst the range is less than some of its competitors, the VW e-Transporter is set to receive a battery upgrade in 2023 which will resolve this issue.

Which electric van has the largest capacity?

Renault Master Z.E. This is the largest electric van, and the Z.E. version of the popular diesel platform uses the newest lithium-ion tech to maintain the range’s competitiveness. With a real-world range of around 74 miles, charging time from a standard mains socket is 17 hours, six from a 7.4kQW wall box charger.

How do I charge my electric lease van?

You charge an electric van by connecting a powerline into its charging attachment. This can be done using quick chargers at carports, home charging points and even 3-pin plug expansion links.

There are three kinds of charging for Electric Vehicles – Rapid, Fast and Slow.

Rapid chargers are available at service station stops, and can be used for electric vans which need to be recharged in a hurry. They offer high power (typical 50kW) current flow and therefore can charge an EV almost completely in about 30 mins.

Fast chargers are able to charge EVs in between 1-6 hours – depending on output power – around 7 KW to 22 KW. These are generally located in public locations where you’d typically stay longer.

The most practical choice for charging an EV is undoubtedly a Wall Box. You may put a wall box in the house or leave the vehicle overnight.

Simply said, how quickly your electric car loads relies on the charger’s output power, the battery size and its capacity for optimum charge rate.

How much does it cost to charge an electric van?

At present, the average cost of energy per kilowatt-hour is about 14p per kilowatt-hour. The VW e-Transporter, for instance, will cost just over £5 a full charge of the battery of 37.3kWh. Charging stations outlets sometimes cost more – quick chargers decrease the time needed to recharge the battery of your van. The trading price per kilowatt-hour is between 20-40p. Of course, it might substantially decrease your operating expenses if you can recharge at your office, particularly if you can use the off-peak power price.

Why lease your Electric vans from Crusader Van Leasing?

Crusader vans have a team of experienced commercial vehicle account managers, trained to help you navigate through the sea of vehicles currently available.

Crusader Van Leasing is regulated by the financial conduct authority. We aim to save you money on your van, deal with your enquiry and sale in a manner compliant with FCA principles and hold customer service as our top priority.

We will listen to your requirements and work out a bespoke finance solution for you and your business. Crusader vans act as a credit broker, not a lender so we are not restricted in terms of the lenders that we can introduce you to, ensuring you get the best possible deal.

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