Growing availability of electric vans and pickups boosts options for Canadian commercial fleets
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Apr 18, 2024
Mehanaz Yakub

Our up-to-the-minute roundup of electric commercial vans and pickups that are, or soon will be, available in Canada

There are now at least a dozen electric vans and pickups available in Canada for commercial customers. Top Left: GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1, Top Right: Ram ProMaster Van, Bottom Left: Mercedes-Benz E-Sprinter Van, Bottom right: 2024 Silverado EV WT

Our up-to-the-minute roundup of electric commercial vans and pickups that are, or soon will be, available in Canada

Just as the Canadian market has seen a surge in electric light-duty passenger vehicles, there is now an increasingly diverse range of electric vans and pickups available in Canada, too.

This expansion of choices ensures most fleet operators, regardless of their needs or budget, will find an electric option that suits their needs.

To simplify the shopping experience, Electric Autonomy has compiled the following roundup, with information on the electric delivery vans and pickups currently available or soon to be arriving on Canadian roads.

For those interested in seeing some of these electric vans and pickups up close, models such as the Ford E-Transit, BrightDrop Zevo 400 and Zevo 600, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Ford F-150 Lightning will be showcased at Electric Autonomy‘s EV & Charging Expo in Toronto on May 1 and 2.

For more details and to purchase Expo passes, visit here. As well, a list of electric vans and pickups to test drive at the Expo is available here.

Commercial electric vans

Ram ProMaster Van

At the beginning of this year, Stellantis announced the new Ram ProMaster electric van. It is the automaker’s first battery-electric vehicle offering from Ram for the North American market.

The new Ram ProMaster EV will come in two configurations: a delivery model and two cargo models.

The cargo variant offers two options for length — a 12-foot cargo length and an extended 13-foot cargo length. Both models feature a 159-inch (403.8 cm) wheelbase. The van is comes with a 110 kWh battery pack, with a targeted range of up to 261 kilometres in city driving.

Canadian customers can start ordering the ProMaster EV “later in 2024.”

The Canadian price for the Ram ProMaster electric van is not yet available.

Volkswagen ID.Buzz

Volkswagen’s ID. Buzz electric bus is set to launch in Canada by late 2024. This Canadian version will have a wheelbase that is 10 inches longer than its European counterpart.

The long wheelbase allows seating for up to seven passengers, with the option of fully removable seats. The ID. Buzz has 2,469 litres of storage space and accommodates a larger 85 kWh battery for extended range. Additionally, a heat pump enhances efficiency during winter.

The vehicle also features a 210 kW electric drive motor.

The Canadian pricing for the ID.Buzz is not yet available.

Mercedes-Benz E-Sprinter Van

The 2024 Mercedes eSprinter is the next-generation model of the original eSprinter van, an electric version of Mercedes’ popular Sprinter van series, initially launched exclusively in Europe in 2019. As of February of this year, the eSprinter has been available for order at Canadian dealerships for $107,273. It’s eligible for a federal government incentive of up to $10,000 through the iMHZEV EV program.

The eSprinter is equipped with a 113 kWh battery and has an estimated range varying between 440 and 530 km. It offers a load capacity of 13.8 cubic metres.

Ford E-Transit

The 2024 Ford E-Transit is the latest iteration of Ford’s all-electric commercial van, which has been on the market since 2021.

The 2024 model features an upgraded 89 kWh battery which increases the range of the electric van from 203 to 254 km (low roof models). Additionally, the van now comes with dual onboard chargers, allowing for a rapid charge of up to 107 km in just 15 minutes on a DC fast charger.

Orders for the 2024 Ford E-Transit will open this spring, with deliveries expected later in the year. Pricing starts at $73,690 and is eligible for both federal and provincial subsidies.

BrightDrop Zevo 600 and Zevo 400

The BrightDrop Zevo 600 and its smaller counterpart, the Zevo 400, come off the line at General Motors’ CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

Production at the CAMI plant recently resumed after a six-month shutdown to a battery shortage.

The Zevo 600 has been available for Canadian customers since 2021. Production of the Zevo 400 began last year.

A couple of BrightDrop clients include DHL Express Canada and FedEx Express Canada. In June 2023, FedEx introduced its first 50 BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery vans into its fleet operations.

The BrightDrop Zevo 600 and Zevo 400 are both eligible for rebates through the iMHZEV program.

GreenPower EV Star Cab and Chassis 

Vancouver-based GreenPower Motor Co. has a slate of zero-emission vans available in Canada, including the EV Star Cargo, Cargo Plus and the newest EV Star Cab and Chassis.

In December 2023, GreenPower supplied 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis vehicles to an unnamed Canadian retailer. The all-electric EV Star Cab and Chassis has a payload capacity of 3,175 kg (7,000 lbs) and a range of up to 240 km. The battery capacity is 118 kWh.

The EV Star Cargo has an MSRP of $192,900 and the Cargo Plus has an MSRP of $212,900. The EV Star Cab and Chassis has an MSRP of $174,900.

GreenPower’s EV Star Cargo, Cargo Plus and the EV Star Cab and Chassis are all eligible for incentives from the iMHZEV program. 

Morgan Olson C250e

Morgan Olson, a Michigan-based walk-in step van manufacturer, has partnered with Rivian to produce an electric version of its C250 model step van.

For prospective buyers, there is a catch, however. At this stage, the van is being specifically designed for a single customer: Canada Post.

The C250e combines the Rivian Commercial Van (RCV) chassis and is equipped with a 100 kWh battery. The van also integrates Rivian’s software and advanced safety technologies, such as automatic emergency braking, driver assistance features and a 360-degree camera system.

This partnership comes as Rivian aims to expand the market reach of its electric RCV.

Initially, Rivian had an agreement that gave Amazon exclusive rights to its commercial RCV fleet. This arrangement was terminated late last year, enabling Rivian to now offer its zero-emission commercial platform to other companies. RVCs will start deploying in the U.S. later this year.

Morgan Olson has not announced when delivery of the C250e vans will begin or when they will deployed, or whether it plans to follow-up with another model for wider commercial sale.

Electric pickups

Chevrolet Silverado EV

Announced in January of 2022, Chevrolet’s Silverado EV will be available at Canadian dealers in mid-2024.

The Silverado will come in two trims: a fleet-focused Silverado EV 3WT (Work Truck) trim and the Silverado EV First Edition RST (Rally Sport Truck) pickup.

Silverado EV First Edition RST range is at 708 km on a full charge, while the WT model offers a range of 724 km.

The starting MSRP of the Silverado EV is $74,699. It is not eligible for the federal Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) Program.

GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1

The Sierra EV will join GMC’s lineup as the company’s third all-electric truck, following the GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV.

Utilizing GM’s Ultium platform, the Sierra EV shares technology with the Hummer and Silverado EVs.

It boasts a 754 horsepower, 785 lb.-ft of torque, a maximum towing capacity of 4,309 kg (9,500 lbs), and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds.

The Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 is set to launch in Canada this summer with a starting MSRP of $107,000. It is not eligible for rebates.

GMC is also planning to introduce the Sierra EV AT4 and Elevation trims in the 2025 model year.

Ram Electric 1500

The Ram 1500 REV will be available at Canadian dealerships starting in the fall of 2024. The pickup will be offered in six trims: Tradesman, Sport, Big Horn, Laramie, Limited and the Tungsten trim.

With the standard 168 kWh battery, it’s expected to have a driving range of 560 km. Opting for the larger 229 kWh battery can extend that to 800 km. The pickup has 654 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.

For hauling, it can tow up to 6,350 kg and has a payload capacity of 771 kg.

The Canadian pricing for the Ram 1500 REV is not yet available.

Tesla Cybertruck

Tesla’s Cybertruck made the rounds at a few Canadian auto shows this year; however, the futuristic pickup truck is not anticipated to be available for deliveries in Canada until 2025. Tesla is currently in the process of getting approval from Transport Canada for the Cybertruck’s sale here.

The Cybertruck boasts an estimated range of up to 547 km, a towing capacity of 4,990 kg, and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a reported 2.7 seconds.

The Canadian price for the Cybertruck is not yet available.

Ford F-150 Lightning

The 2024 version of the Ford F-150 Lightning comes in five trims: Pro with standard range and Pro with extended range (exclusive for fleets), as well as XLT, Lariat, Platinum and the all-new Flash trim for 2024.

Equipped with a two-motor electric powertrain and all-wheel drive, the standard range model features a 98 kWh battery delivering 452 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque, with a range of 386 km. In the extended range version, power jumps to 580 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a 131 kWh battery, offering a range of 515 km. The towing capacities peak at 3,492 kg (7,700 lbs) for the standard range and 4,536 kg (10,000 lbs) for the extended range.

In Canada, prices range from $59,995 to $112,495 MSRP. The Pro Standard Range and the XLT trims are eligible for federal incentives.

Rivian R1T

The first Canadian deliveries of the Rivian R1T began in 2022. The 2024 Rivian R1T model comes in three different drive system options, providing a range of 434 to 659 km. Horsepower varies from 533 hp to 835 hp, and torque ranges from 610 lb-ft to 908 lb-ft.

The R1T can tow 4,990 kg (11,000 lbs) and reach 100 km/h as quickly as three seconds.

Canadian prices range from $105,000 to $142,500 MSRP. The R1T is not eligible for rebates.

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