Citroën Unveils Latest Electric LCV

Citroën has unveiled its latest BEV light commercial vehicle claiming town and country delivery capabilities.

Its ë-Dispatch compact van comes with two battery pack options including a 50 kWh battery claiming a range of 143 miles on the WLTP cycle while there’s a possible 205 miles from the 75 kWh battery option.

It is built on PSA’s EMP2 multi-energy platform, with the two powertrain options made up of 18 or 27 individual battery modules. The platform allows the batteries to be mounted in the chassis, so maintaining the van’s load volume. Charge levels are displayed on the instrument cluster in front of the driver, alongside a reserve warning light. A 12V accessory battery supplies the traditional vehicle electrical system. It is automatically re-charged from the drive battery pack.

The automaker claims it can charges from 0 to 100% in less than eight hours using a7.4 kW Wallbox charger and is compatible wit super-fast charging at a mode 4 public charging point where the vehicles with a 50 kWh battery can charge up to 80% in 30 minutes and a 75 kWh battery to 80% in 45 minutes.

Citroën is widening the choice of electric vehicles available to business users, with a range that will be 100% electrified by 2021. It will be comprised of ë-Dispatch plus a BEV version of Relay in the second half of 2020 and a BEV version of Berlingo Van during 2021.

ë-Dispatch will arrive in UK showrooms during the second half of 2020. It will be joined by a 100% electric version of Relay at the end of the year and an electric Berlingo Van next year. From 2021, the entire Citroën LCV range will include electrified models alongside efficient internal combustion engines.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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