Textile care businesses considering additional or replacement pick-up and delivery light  vehicles will be interested  in the results of the What Van? Awards 2021 which highlighted the advantages of a number of economical options, including hybrids and all-electric vehicles.

The prizes were handed out during an interactive, virtual event, held instead of the usual physical awards ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The top award was split three ways, as the Van of the Year prize went to PSA Group’s electric vans: the Citroen e-Dispatch, the Peugeot e-Expert, and the Vauxhall Vivaro-e. The LEVC VN5 picked up the Editor’s Choice award.

The full list of winners was:

Manufacturer Awards

Electric Van of the Year: Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert, Vauxhall Vivaro-e (Highly Commended: Mercedes-Benz eSprinter)

Compact Van of the Year: Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Vauxhall Combo, Toyota Proace City (Highly Commended: Ford Transit Connect)

Medium Van of the Year: Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 (Highly Commended: Ford Transit Custom)

Large Van of the Year: Ford Transit (Highly Commended: Maxus Deliver 9)

Pick-up of the Year: Ford Ranger (Highly Commended: Toyota Hilux)

Used Van of the Year: Volkswagen Transporter (Highly Commended: Ford Transit Custom)

Minibus of the Year: Ford Transit (Highly Commended: Renault Trucks Master Z.E.)

Safety Award: Mercedes-Benz eSprinter (Highly Commended: Lightfoot)

Industry Awards

Aftermarket Award: Locks 4 Vans (Highly Commended: Rhino Products)

Converter Award: Maxi-Low (Highly Commended: CoolKit)

Customer Service Award: The AA (Highly Commended: Northgate)

Innovation Award: CoolKit (Highly Commended: VisionTrack)

Insurer of the Year: Adrian Flux (Highly Commended: Brightside)

Leasing Company of the Year: LeasePlan (Highly Commended: Arval)

Remarketing Award: Aston Barclay (Highly Commended: BCA)

Rental Company of the Year: Northgate (Highly Commended: Europcar Mobility Group)

Risk Management Award: SmartWitness (Highly Commended: eDriving)

Technology Award: VisionTrack (Highly Commended: Isuzu UK)

Van Dealer of the Year: Rygor (Highly Commended: HTC Van Centre)

Fleet and Headline Awards

Fleet Manager of the Year: Matthew Hammond, Altrad (Highly Commended: Tom Ford, Airmec)

Green Fleet of the Year: Menzies Distribution (Highly Commended: Mitie)

Hall of Fame: Neil McIntee 

Editor’s Choice: LEVC VN5 (Highly Commended: Renault Zoe Van)

Van of the Year: Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert, Vauxhall Vivaro-e