Toyota Professional joins EV van market, with the launch of its Proace Electric.
Van operators looking for a mid-weight electric model just got another option, as Toyota Professional joined the EV van club. Through its deal with Stellantis, that has already seen the launch of the diesel Proace and Proace City, Toyota has launched the Proace Electric to the UK market.
Though available in a range of body sizes and trim levels across Europe, Toyota GB has decided to launch the van in a single size and specification, at least initially. Unsurprisingly, that is the size and trim that it would have expected to be the big-seller, which is a mid-length van in the mid-grade Icon trim.
There are still decisions to be made, with two battery packs on offer. The 75kWh battery offers up to 205 miles of driving range, with a payload of 1,000kg. Opt for the smaller 50kWh battery and the range drops to 142 miles, but the payload goes up to 1.2-tonnes. In either case the vans can tow a 1-tonne trailer. The Medium van offers the same load volume as the diesel models, at 5.3m3, rising to 5.8m3 if you use the Smart Cargo load-through bulkhead.
Toyota’s Icon trim includes practical black bumpers and steel wheels, while in the cab the driver gets a DAB radio with Bluetooth and a ProTouch 7” display screen with smartphone connectivity. There is also WiFi connectivity and a USB port for charging, plus manual air conditioning, auto wipers and lights. You also get powered and heated door mirrors, cornering lights and daytime running lights, along with rear parking sensors and auto high beam.
Another choice that customers will need to make concerns the on-board charger. A 7kW unit is standard, while a faster 11kW on-board charger is an option. The vans will come with both home charging and wallbox cables as standard and Toyota Professional dealers should be able to help with charger installation, with Toyota offering branded wallboxes. The battery gets an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty.
Equipped with the 11kW on-board charger, the smaller 50kWh battery takes 4 hours 45 mins to charge, while the larger 75kWh battery will require 7 hours to fully top-up. Plug into a rapid DC charging station, with speeds up to 100kW and it should be possible to achieve an 80% charge on the smaller battery in just 32 mins, or on the larger battery in 48 mins.
Prices for the Proace Electric start at £34,630 for the 50kWh van with a 7kW on-board charger, rising to £39,463 for the 75kWh model with the faster 11kW charger. All of the vans are eligible for the £6,000 Plug-in-Van Grant.