The Proace Electric is the latest fruit of Toyota’s collaboration with the PSA Group (now Stellantis) to come to market and is thus already available badged as the Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e.
Customers may be swayed towards Toyota by dint of the brand’s strong customer service reputation.
The Proace Electric is offered in only the mid-specification Icon grade in medium wheelbase but with the choice of 50kWh or 75kWh batteries, delivering respective ranges of 142 or 205 miles. The latter is to give “peace of mind” to operators needing to embark on longer journeys, according to Toyota.
But with electric van use concentrated in urban areas with low emission zones, Toyota claims the average daily mileage of an electric van is just 27 miles, well within the Proace Electric’s capability.
Both versions deliver power output of 100kW, the equivalent of 136hp, and we tested the van with the larger battery. Ride quality is excellent, quiet and relaxing. If you make use of the regenerative B mode, which automatically slows the vehicle when easing off the throttle, there is rarely any need to use the footbrake.
Three driving modes are available, with markedly different performance responses. Eco provides maximum power of 60kW and peak torque of 190Nm; this is the one to choose to preserve battery range but would not be recommended with a full load on board. Normal provides 80kW and 210Nm of torque and offers the most versatility, while Power delivers 100kW and 260Nm torque. In this mode the Proace Electric is thrillingly quick off the mark and nippy to drive – but beware, it will cut the battery range. A quick charge to 80% capacity can be achieved in 32 minutes for the 50kWh battery and 48 minutes for the 75kWh battery.
Toyota Proace Electric Icon 75kWh
Price (ex VAT, inc. PiVG) £39,463
Price range (ex VAT, inc-PIVG) £34,630-£39,463
Insurance group 36E
Warranty 5yrs/100,000mls (battery 8yrs/100,000mls)
Service intervals 2yrs/25,000mls
Load length 3,674mm
Load width (min/max) 1,258mm/1,628mm
Load bay height 1,397mm
Gross payload 1,000kg
Load volume 5.3m3
Engine size/power 136hp 75kW electric motor
Range (WLTP) 211mls
An accomplished electric van but offered with less choice than its siblings.