Citroen have announced that they aim to get all their current ICE vans with EV options. They aim to get to the point in 2021 that orders can be placed for any of their vans as EVs and 2025 for all of their range of cars. There will be four main van size options ranging from large to teeny tiny and at a variety of price brackets.
The Citroen e-Relay
This is the largest of the group. It comes up against the likes of the Renault Master ZE and the Volkswagen e-Transit and the Master eDeliver9. The EV van market is growing and the competition is heating up for these vans. They all have a similar-ish load volume and max payload but the main difference seems to be the range options on offer for these vans.
There seems to be options between ‘last-mile delivery’ (where the idea is for delivery drivers to make short journeys around town) and the longer-range options. Citroen offers both. There is a 70KWh battery which offers 139 miles of range and a 37KWh battery offering 73 miles of range.
Both of these drivetrains come with a 90kw motor which is equivalent to 120hp. The panel van comes in three different lengths, has a maximum payload of 1050kg and a 15cu/m load volume.
The Citroen e-Dispatch
This is the next size down and its main competitors are the Mercedes Benz e-Vito and the Volkswagen ABT e-Transporter 6.1. The Citroen is available in three lengths and has a maximum load volume of 6.1cu/m. The
maximum payload for the e-Dispatch is 1002kg and it comes with two battery options. The 50KWh battery gives you 136 miles and the 70KWh offers 196 miles of range. Both of these options offer a 100kw motor which is equivalent to 136hp. The difference with the e-Dispatch is the option of rapid charging.
With rapid charging, the battery goes from 0-80% in 30 minutes for the 50KWh battery and 45 minutes for the 70KWh.
The Citroen e-Berlingo
This is the smallest of the traditional van sizes that Citroen offer. The main rival for this van is the Renault Kangoo ZE in the size class. The e-Berlingo is offered in two lengths- M or XL and offers a maximum load volume of 4.4cu/m and a maximum payload of 808Kg.
The e-Berlingo is only offered with one battery size of 50KWh giving you 171 miles of range and a 100kw motor- offering 136hp. Like the e-Dispatch, the e-Berlingo has the option of rapid charging 0-80% in 30 minutes- just enough time for a mug of something.
The Citroen Ami Cargo Electric
This one will not be for your average van driver. It technically is not even a van, it is a quadricycle. That means 16 year olds will be able to drive it after passing a theory and Compulsory Basic Training.
This is because the vehicle weighs less than 350kg and has a top speed of 28mph. Perfect for intercity driving as it is small- at just 2.41m long, 1.39m wide and 1.52m tall. For reference, a new Ford Fiesta is 4.06m long and 1.73m wide- and that is not exactly a big car. This all means a turning circle of 7.2m compared to the Fiesta’s 10.1m.
The Ami Cargo has a max load volume of 400 litres and a maximum payload of 140kg- whilst this is not huge, it will be perfect for parcel delivery drivers in a busy urban environment. It has a 5.5KWh battery which gives a 46 mile range. That does not seem like much, but Citroen’s vision for the Ami is more for short journeys and to charge at regular intervals while you are out and about.
Probably not one for the countryside. The Ami Cargo is not currently available but Citroen hopes that it will be on the road by mid-2022.
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