As is now usual with electric vans, there are no practicality downsides in choosing a full battery drivetrain. There are two Townstar body lengths, short L1 and long wheelbase L2. The L1 can carry up to 3.3m3 (quite a lot less than the 4.2m3 of its e-NV200 predecessor), but if you stretch to the L2 Townstar model, you can boost that to 4.3m3 of load space. You only get a second side sliding door on the 'L1' variant if you avoid base 'Visia' trim.
Both body shapes can squeeze in a pair of standard Euro pallets thanks to the generous 1,248mm width between the wheel arches that all Townstars share - it's 1,570mm from wall to wall. This rear entrance aperture is 1,115mm tall by 1,256mm wide (narrowing to 1,196mm just above the tail lights). The loading length is 1,810mm in the 'L1' version - or 2,230mm with the 'L2' body shape (which has a slightly lower loading sill height of 613mm). As usual in this class, there's no option of a high-roof body shape to extend the ceiling height, which is 1,215mm with the 'L1' version and 1,229mm with the 'L2'.
As for the cargo area payload, well if that's important to you, then you might want to think twice about this EV electric version because it's slightly restricted there - with the 'L1' standard body shape to 500kgs (compared to 689kgs in the combustion version). An 'L2' long wheelbase Townstar EV could carry up to 702kgs (compared to up to 770kg in the combustion version). Those restrictions are due to the extra 200kgs the EV model carries about courtesy of its drive battery, but that's not really an excuse as rival Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall and Fiat Stellantis Group small EV vans can take around 200kgs more in their short wheelbase forms.
On to running costs. We gave you this Townstar EV's driving range figure in our 'Driving' section - 183 miles - which is vastly more than was possible from the previous e-NV200 model. What about charging? Well be aware that with base 'Visia' trim, this Townstar EV can only charge up to a meagre 11kW speed. From a home wallbox or public charger, that means a full charge will take just under four hours - or 7 hours with a more common 7.4kW garage wallbox. Most Townstar EVs though, will be purchased with one of the three plusher trim levels available, which will allow 22kW AC charging capability (which at the time of this test you couldn't get with rival Stellantis Group electric vans) and 80kW DC rapid charging (a little less than the 100kW Stellantis system). That'll mean that using a 22kW charger, you'll be able to fully replenish the 45kWh battery in around 2 hours, while a 0-80% top-up from the right DC public rapid charger will take just 39 minutes.
You'll need to bear in mind that the price gap between petrol and electricity has narrowed considerably in recent times and as a result, if most of your charging is of the rapid DC public kind, you might find that the savings you'll get in opting for an EV van aren't quite as great as you might have initially expected. All Townstar EVs come with two charging cables, one for home wallboxes and public charging points, the other for a standard 2.3kW domestic plug socket (which will require over 13 hours of charging time). All Townstar EVs also come fitted with a heat pump, which will preserve battery life in really cold conditions.
This van has a five year / 100,000 mile warranty (much better than the three year deal you'd get with this model's Renault and Mercedes clones). And its battery has a separate eight year 100,000 mile warranty.