Comparison: LEVC VN5 REEV Vs Ford Transit Custom PHEV

The Ford Transit may have been the Nation’s favourite van for some years now, but there is a new challenger in town. As the UK moves towards net zero for carbon emissions, electric and hybrid options will be the most interesting scenes to watch. Let battle commence… LEVC VN5 REEV Vs Ford Transit Custom PHEV


Now whether we are eco-warriors or not- money is something we all have to think about. The new boy is slightly pricier than the old favourite as the LEVC is £46,500 and the Ford is £44,390. However, the LEVC is expected to receive a subsidy of £6,000 and the Ford is expected to receive nothing.

This means that after Government grants, the LEVC works out at £40,500- £3,890 cheaper than the Ford. That is 1-0 to the LEVC.

Pure Electric Range

The LEVC is a REEV (Range Extended Electric Vehicle), whereas the Ford is a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). The PHEV uses a plug-in hybrid charge system and relies on both the ICE and an electric power system.

However, the REEV uses a small ICE that drives an electric generator which gives power to the electric batteries and the motor with electricity. But what does that mean for range? The pure electric range of the Ford comes in at 26 miles, which is not insignificant but the LEVC offers 60 miles of pure electric range.

That is more than double. LEVC 2 Ford 0.


Fuel Cost

The outright price of the vehicle is one thing, but if it is expensive to run day-to-day- then what is the point in buying a marginally cheaper vehicle? Well, over a five-year period based on 80 miles as a daily average- the Ford’s fuel cost came in at £10,374. That average daily mileage equates to 29,200 per year and 146,000 over the example period.

However, over the same period, the LEVC would cost £3,728. That is a whopping difference of £7,006! It is not looking good for the Ford so far… 3-0 to the LEVC.


CO2 Emissions

What about the emissions then? Well, that goes to the LEVC too surprisingly. The Ford emits 70g/km of CO2, whereas the LEVC emits 21g/km. All these savings add up to a cost per mile of 42p for the LEVC and 51p for the Ford.

Load Weight and Volume

All of the other stuff is important, the pure electric range and the cost of the van etc… But none of it means anything if you cannot use it for what you need it for. The max load weight of the LEVC is 830kg- it is nothing to be sniffed at but compared to a diesel, that is a little light.

This is where the Ford comes into its own as it has a maximum load weight of up to 1212kg. That is a difference of 382kg. To put this into perspective, that is about the same as two fully-grown silverback gorillas. Unfortunately for the LEVC, it gets beaten on load volume too. The LEVC manages 5.5 cubic metres, compared to the Ford’s 6 cubic metres.

It seems on practicality; the Ford still cannot be beaten and may be why it has been the nation’s favourite for a number of years.

The Verdict

There is not a straight answer to this, as the two competitors will probably be used for different things. Although they are around the same price, the Ford eclipses the LEVC when it comes to practicality.

However, the LEVC is an option that is much cheaper to run and if you can do without carrying two adult silverback gorillas in the back- there should not be any issues with practicality.

If you are in the market for a new van or thinking of upgrading to save money on fuel and help to reduce emissions- visit Van MonkEV here and have a chat to us about your options.

As always, thanks for reading and we hope to see you again soon!

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