5 Best Electric Cargo Vans for Professionals [With Table]

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Written By: Lisa Drake, Assistant Director, Fleet Electrification

Why You Need an Electric Cargo Van for Your Business

Electric vehicles are more energy-efficient than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and produce zero emissions while driving and idling.  As many companies are looking to reduce their carbon footprint as part of bigger Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals,  EVs will likely be your fleet’s path to supporting a healthy planet.

With an electric cargo van, fleets can reduce downtime without compromising safety features; upfitting and customization; space and comfort; storage options; and more.

Which businesses typically use electric cargo vans?

Electric cargo vans are used by professionals across a variety of industries, such as last-mile delivery, contractors, and more. For these types of businesses, the benefits of using electric cargo vans are nearly endless. With advantages like home or overnight depot charging, predetermined routes, reduced maintenance, and no risk of breaking city idle laws, fleet drivers can focus on their routes and make more deliveries in a day.

Comparison Table

Here’s a list of the current electric cargo and step vans in and soon-to-be in production. This information was compiled from the Merchants Electrify Fleet EV Finder tool and is subject to change as more data and new models become available.


Battery Capacity Weight class Cargo space GVWR Payload Estimated Range
Ford e-Transit (Long body low roof) 68 kWh 2 278 ft³ Up to 9,518 lbs Up to 3,700 lbs. 126 miles
Ford e-Transit (Regular body low roof) 68 kWh 2 247 ft³ Up to 9,520 lbs Up to 3,800 lbs. 126 miles
Ford e-Transit (Regular body medium roof) 68 kWh 2 TBD Up to 9,668 lbs Up to 3,650 lbs. 126 miles
Ford e-Transit (Long body medium roof) 68 kWh 2 357 ft³ Up to 9,666 lbs Up to 3,550 lbs. 116 miles
Ford e-Transit (Extended body high roof) 68 kWh 2 487 ft³ Up to 9,518 lbs Up to 3,240 lbs. 108 miles
Ford e-Transit (Long body high roof) 68 kWh 2 404 ft³ Up to 9,671 lbs Up to 3,450 lbs. 108 miles
BrightDrop Zevo 600 N/A 2 600 ft³ Up to 9,990 lbs Up to 2,200 lbs. 250 miles
BrightDrop Zevo 400  N/A 2 400 ft³ Up to 7,000 lbs Up to 2,200 lbs. 250 miles
Arrival H3L3 67 kWh 2 TBD Up to 9,307 lbs Up to 3,907 lbs. 110 miles
Arrival H3L3 89 kWh 2 TBD Up to 9,307 lbs Up to 3,589 lbs. 150 miles
Arrival H3L3 111 kWh 2 TBD Up to 9,307 lbs Up to 3,272 lbs. 180 miles

Best Electric Cargo Vans

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Ford e-Transit
The Ford e-Transit is the electric version of the best-selling Ford Transit van. Drivers have their choice of three roof heights and body lengths. The battery is stored beneath the cargo floor and doesn’t impede cargo space. It seats up to two passengers and reports a range of 126 miles with a 68-kWh battery.

Notable Achievements

Model Specs

  • Roof: Low, medium, or high
  • Body Length: regular, long or long-EL


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BrightDrop Zevo 600

The Brightdrop Zevo 600 (formerly EV600)  has been built from the ground up for the needs of last-mile and longer delivery. This light-duty vehicle has a range of 250 miles. The Ultium battery system is stored under the floor so as to not impede cargo space. The BrightDrop EV600 has a standard cargo area security system and shifting cargo load motion sensors.

Notable Achievements


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BrightDrop Zevo 400

Designed for small, frequent deliveries, this mid-size EV cargo van is ideal for last-mile delivery. Its less than 20’ frame can fit in a standard parking space but doesn’t compromise storage space. The Brightdrop Zevo 400 (formerly EV410) has an extensive list of safety features and comes equipped with a security system to protect cargo.

Notable Achievements

  • Coming soon


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Arrival H3L3

The Arrival was developed to help drivers maximize functionality for real-world use. Features include real-time vehicle health monitoring and predictive maintenance to reduce downtime. The Arrival van also has a focus on comfort and safety, with extensive characteristics in each category.

Best Features Rankings

Best Estimated Range

  1. Tie between BrightDrop Zevo 400 and 600: 250 miles
  2. Arrival H3L3 (111 kWh battery): 180 miles
  3. Arrival H3L3 (89 kWh battery): 150 miles

Best Storage Capacity in Cubic Feet

  1. Brightdrop Zevo 600: 600 ft3
  2. Ford e-Transit (Extended body high roof): 487 ft3
  3. Ford e-Transit (Long body high roof): 404 ft3

Best Payload (most, in pounds) (Top 3)

  1. Arrival H3L3 (67 kWh battery): Up to 3,907 lbs.
  2. Ford e-Transit (Long body low roof): Up to 3,700 lbs.
  3. Ford e-Transit (Regular body low roof): Up to 3,800 lbs.

Tallest (Interior)

  1. Brightdrop Zevo 600: 82 inches
  2. Ford e-Transit Long: 81.5 inches
  3. Ford e-Transit EL: 81.5 inches

At Merchants Fleet, we have 60 years of knowledge and experience with EVs and ICE vehicles. We have an extensive, growing inventory of EV fleet options and a wide variety of fleet support programs, including telematics, maintenance, consulting, leasing, and more.

Contact a fleet electrification expert to see how we can help at every step of your electric vehicle adoption journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Merchants Fleet help my fleet acquire electric vehicles, too?

Yes! Our EV experts offer consulting services to help you find models that are a great fit for your fleet and your budget and can help you acquire the latest models like the BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric cargo van and Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup truck.

When is the Right Time to Take My Utility Fleet to Electric Vehicles?

Our consulting team can help tell if EVs are right for you through AdoptEV, our EV adoption solution that helps you get from concept to execution. We’ve made significant commitments to OEMs, and we’re on the front lines to get vehicle allocations and ensure there is EV availability for our clients.

How do I know if transitioning from ICE vehicles to EVs is the right decision for my fleet?

We understand that there’s a lot to consider, which is why we recommend exploring our fleet electrification resources. Just remember that it’s important to educate yourself and gather as much information as possible to learn more about the EV landscape, including makes and models and related technologies. The Merchants Fleet EV consultants and experts are also available to help answer your questions and help you navigate the ICE vs. EV process.

What are the benefits of adding EVs to my fleet?

EVs offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for fleets and are one of the fastest ways to hit environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. Additionally, many states have plans in place to completely phase out the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles over the next 10-15 years.

How can Merchants Fleet help my transition to EVs?

From simple to complex, Merchants has the experience, skills, tools, and expertise to enable your transition to EV. It’s no secret that the EV movement is happening, and we’ll be your trusted partner who can help you stay ahead of the curve and achieve both your fleet and sustainability goals. A fleet can make a large impact on sustainability and vehicle operations and working with a fleet management company is a low-risk way to do that. They are a viable option for your business and total cost of ownership.

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