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Maxus Deliver 9 Van vs Maxus e-Deliver 9 Electric Van

January 24th, 2023

There is no doubt that today, in 2023, electric cars are a genuine competitor to the more traditional diesel and petrol vehicles. Despite what the critics may say their range is becoming more and more competitive and their capabilities when it comes to speed and towing ability are second to none. The fact is though that cars are a completely different kettle of fish from the standard van. Vans are unequivocally the workhorses of the powered vehicle world and need engines and motors that can reliably pull huge weights for long periods of time. So, are electric motors up to the job?

In short, yes. The humble electric motor has come a long way since the Dutchmen Sibrandus Stratingh and Christopher Becke fitted one to a small model car. Nowadays these motors can power vehicles to speeds well over 100 mph and reach ranges of over 150 miles. What’s even more impressive is this field continues to grow and advance. So, before long those with diesel engines may find themselves as the odd ones out.

Many car manufacturers have started to make use of this newfound technology and electric alternatives to diesel vehicles are popping up left right and centre. In fact, the same goes for many of the world’s vans.

One of these vans is the highly popular and incredibly capable Maxus Deliver 9. The e-Deliver 9 is Maxus’ electric alternative and is rumoured to compete with its diesel cousin on almost every metric. Of course, this is largely thanks to the impressive advancements in electric technology of the past few years. However, despite this obvious progression in technology the question still remains. Which is right for you, electric or diesel?

Engines and Spec

When it comes to power the diesel option certainly has that box ticked. The new Deliver 9 features a brand-new 2.0-litre engine designed by Maxus themselves. The engine produces an impressive 163hp and 375 Nm of torque. This will certainly produce enough power to carry a full load of cargo in the back and act as a steady workhorse on those motorway commutes. So, how does the e-Deliver compare?

In terms of power, the 150Kw electric motor really does blow the diesel variant out of the water. This motor produces a staggering 201 hp which is quite incredibly impressive. The electric variant is centrally up to the job when it comes to towing and carrying heavy cargo. This is particularly true as electric motors are famous for producing high torque figures and brilliantly reactive acceleration power.

In terms of the range, the standard diesel option does still beat the electric model quite comfortably. Yes, electric vehicles are becoming much more capable with their range figures. However, with a powerful large payload van achieving high numbers in this metric is still fairly challenging for manufacturers. Though the electric variant is in fact one of the most impressive large electric vans in terms of range. The van’s largest 88.55Wh battery option is capable of a staggering 185 miles on a single charge.

Certainly then when it comes to range both of these options are incredibly capable in comparison to their rivals. So, really it comes down to your lifestyle. If you live in a city and spend most of your time darting between jobs then the electric model is the right choice for you. However, if you often find yourself on long motorway marathons then you’ll probably find yourself on team diesel.


Naturally, both these vehicles have incredibly well-thought-through interiors and they both boast modern but practical solutions to interior dilemmas. Maxus are famed for their clever use of storage and with both the electric and diesel options this reputation is on full show. However, the large car-like dashboard does mean you’ll compromise a bit of space in the glove compartment areas.

Both the vans feature modern and sleek designs when it comes to the interior and you’ll certainly find it easy to relax in the space. There is also a multimedia device on the dashboard that can play your music through Bluetooth or the standard radio. In terms of the interior, both of these vans are almost exactly the same. The storage capabilities and build quality are identical so it’ll likely be the range, payload, or running costs that swing your opinion.

The Verdict/Snap shot

In terms of running costs, there really is only one winter here. The electric Deliver 9 is completely free to charge from any of the fast charging points throughout the country. What’s more, charging it from your mains power at home will cost you very little at all. As for congestion charges, ultra-low emission zones, and road tax, this is all completely free for the electric Deliver 9. Whereas with the diesel option, all of these will cost you a fair amount.

However, there is another area where the diesel Deliver 9 rules supreme and it comes in the form of a payload. Of course, for a large van, the payload statistics are incredibly important so how do the two vans compare? The largest electric model has a maximum payload of 1,200 kg which in comparison to its competitors is fairly commendable. However, the diesel options maximum sits at a slightly higher 1,360 kg.

So after all is said and done your decision will come down to your reliance on the van’s payload statics, running costs, and range capabilities. If you live in the city and use your van for short trips to and from the site then the electric model is probably your best bet. However, if you’re based in the countryside and often find yourself on long journeys then the diesel variant is the sensible choice. Whichever model you choose we can help you make the right decision and advise you on the whole process. Here at Van Sales UK we are experts in the field and will make the right choice for you our priority. So, don’t hesitate to contact us today!


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