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Vauxhall Movano Dropside vs Vauxhall Movano-e Electric Dropside

January 24th, 2023

For those contemplating selecting a new van, diesel vs electric is an important consideration. Diesel vans boost powerful engines capable of copying with heavy payloads and make up the majority of vans on UK roads. However, electric vans are often a cost-effective and environmentally-conscious option, and have surged in popularity in recent years. While there are benefits to both, you need to weigh up which option would be most beneficial for your business.

Today we’ll be taking a look at the Vauxhall Movano Dropside and comparing it to its electric counterpart, the Vauxhall Movano-e Dropside.

The Vauxhall Movano Dropside, one of the recent factory-backed conversions of the chassis cab from the trusty Movano range, has the same excellent payload qualities as the rest of the Movano range and is the ultimate practical van.

Alternatively, if you’re mindful of carbon emissions and want to reduce your impact on the environment, think about opting for the electric Vauxhall Movano-e Dropside. You’ll benefit from low running costs, zero emissions in-use running and a quieter ride all in a dropside variant.

If you’re unsure about whether you should stick with a diesel model or make the switch to electric, read on to discover which van is right for you.

Engines and Spec

The engine is the most obvious difference between the Vauxhall Movano Dropside and the Movano-e Dropside.  With a 2.3-litre turbo diesel engine, the Vauxhall Movano Dropside uses a 6-speed manual gearbox for a smoother driving experience and improved fuel economy compared to previous models that used 5-speed transmission. This powerful, durable and efficient diesel engine is undoubtedly one of the perks of driving this van. You’ll also be able to choose between front-wheel, rear-wheel and twin rear-wheel drive for heavy-duty driving. This allows you to base your van configuration on your loading and handling needs to ensure the most efficient driving as possible.

On the other hand, the Movano-e Dropside is also a highly capable vehicle. Boasting a 90kW motor (reaching speeds of up to 75mph with 122hp and 260Nm of instant torque) powered by a choice of either a 37kWh or 75kWh battery, this van’s ranges of 72 and 139 miles makes it ideal for urban environments. With the Movano-e Dropside, you can face loading and unloading, last-mile deliveries, and the open road with ease. An additional benefit is that it can go from 0-80% in as little as an hour using a 50kWh public fast charger, while the standard 7kWh wall box you’ll likely have installed at home will charge your vehicle in six to twelve hours.


As with all vans, the interior is an important aspect to evaluate, and both the Vauxhall Movano Dropside and the Movano-e Dropside don’t disappoint. These models have perfected the balance between space, comfort and practicality.

You’ll definitely find ergonomic comfort within the Movano cabin – the Dropside offers an eight-way adjustable, air-suspended driver’s seat available at an extra cost for a smooth feeling drive in all weather conditions and across various terrain. You can also enjoy entertainment during your journey thanks to the stereo radio and CD player that can be upgraded to a digital radio and BluetoothⒸ connectivity for more convenience. Storage space is also not an issue – you’ll find large door pockets that are big enough to hold a 2L bottle or other bulky items, twin overhead storage shelves, semi-covered facia storage on top of the dashboard and coin and ticket holders.

Similarly, the Movano-e Dropside is a vehicle that also delivers class-leading space without sacrificing comfort. What makes it stand out from its competitors is its class-leading levels of safety technology and driver aids. You’ll find a range of key safety features designed to protect both occupants and other road users. Depending on trim level the systems available include forward collision alert, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and Hill Descent Control, which takes into account the extra length of a trailer when warning drivers about objects in their blind spot. The Movano-e Dropside also features a 5” touchscreen infotainment display with a built-in navigation system including real-time traffic information for the driver’s convenience – perfect for keeping safe on the roads.

The Verdict

Both the Vauxhall Movano Dropside and the Movano-e Dropside are safe and reliable options that take comfort and practicality into perfect consideration.

The Movano Dropside is ideal for those who are often required to load and unload bulky items, with the hinged side and tailboards dropping below the level of the platform that your cargo sits on for easy and convenient accessibility. The anti-slip platform and multiple secure anchoring points also offer reassurance that your cargo and equipment will be transported as safely and reliably as you are comfortable when driving this van.

Alternatively if you’re looking for a vehicle that caters to environmental considerations and includes a range of safety features, the Movano-e Dropside is the van for you. While expensive to buy outright, this is a cost effective option that will save you money in the long run.

If you’re interested in either of these popular options, get in touch with Van Sales UK today. We’re proud to offer low-cost options that we’ll direct to your door thanks to our simple order process.


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