PSA Promises New BEV LCV Across its Brands

PSA Group has promised an all-electric optional powertrain for its popular medium sized LCV will be brought to market next year.

The panel van, badged Peugeot Expert, Citroën Dispatch, Vauxhall Vivaro and Opel Vivaro, will offer two levels of travel range of a claimed 124 miles or 186 miles. Along with the announcement, the group also pledged all of its branded LCV range will be electrified by 2021.

All new models launched by the group from this year will come with either all-electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains and PSA says it wants all of its passenger car and LCV range to be electrified by 2025. It says the new generation of compact vans has been designed around the EMP2 multi-energy platform to offer zero-CO2 mobility for individuals (passenger car versions) and freight (commercial vehicle versions), responding in particular to the development of e-commerce activities.

The all-electric versions of the four brands’ compact vans will be assembled at the Hordain plant in northern France and equipped with electric powertrains assembled at the Trémery plant in the country’s east. The electric versions will offer the two levels of travel range based on either a 50kW/hour battery or a 75kW/hour.

Xavier Peugeot, senior vice-president of PSA’s light commercial vehicles business unit, said: “Groupe PSA is pushing ahead with the electrification of its LCV range by offering electric versions of compact vans for business and individual customers. Without compromising on features, the range will help strengthen our leadership in this segment in Europe. In 2021, our entire range of LCVs and their passenger car equivalents will be electrified.”

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



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