The winner of the prestigious International Van of the Year prize for 2021 has been revealed, with the prize being shared between the PSA trio of new electric vans. The announcement was made at a special web-based broadcast on the van of the year website, Leasewell takes a closer look at the joint winners!
Van of the Year 2021 – Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e
The highest honour in the LCV industry celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year and the 24-member strong jury sided comfortably with the jointly developed Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e electric vans. The winners gained an impressive 131 points ahead of the Mercedes eSprinter in second place with 55 points and the latest Mercedes Vito in third with 36 points. In joint fourth place were Ford vans with the new Ford Transit Active and Ford Transit Trail models.
International Van of the Year Jury chairman Jarlath Sweeney commented on PSA’s achievement, the second such award for the PSA Group in the last three years: “Congratuations to Group PSA on its stringent research, development and investment on producing an excellent range of electric powered vans, that exceed expectations and without compromise.”
Senior Vice-President of Groupe PSA’s Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, Xavier Peugeot expressed his delight at hearing the news:
“Groupe PSA is very proud and happy to receive this prestigious International Van of the Year 2021 Award and I warmly thank the jury members for having selected our vehicles. This award confirms the success of our Compact Van and the relevance of the electrification strategy we have designed for our LCV range – in which electrification means no compromises for our customers.”
Reasons behind opting for the new electric vans for the International Van of the Year 2021 prize included:
“The PSA-triplets are the first electric vans in the market, to be sold across Europe with a range of more than 300 kilometres. They are solidly built with great driveability and except for the lesser noise-levels, there isn’t much separating the drive feeling from a diesel version.”
“With the all-electric version of their compact van, the PSA-trio gives a tremendous push for e-mobility in professional businesses and forces the democratization and scaling of the emission-free transport. From now on the business case is real and TCO can be on same level with ICE-versions. It is a convincing package with flexible two battery-concept, by far powerful enough, with a smooth and silent driveline and a consistent DC quick charger as a standard.”
“And so, PSA’s e-vans are setting a new standard – and pushing progress. That’s what a worthy ‘International Van of the Year’ title holder has to deliver. Even more so when each PSA brand has developed electric derivates from panel van to people-carrier shuttle bus and offers almost the same payload and load area.”
“PSA has succeeded in bringing an e-van to the market which has all the qualities of an ICE-LCV but for the first time with a decent range distance. So, no more driving anxiety with up to 330 km achievable on one charge, which is more than adequate for any LCV operation in one day.”
“The new EV vans trio from PSA carry forward the concept of maximum integration between electric and internal combustion engine platforms. Their range is such that they could be attractive through different business as well as last mile delivery.”
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