Citroen e-Dispatch electric van: specifications, pictures and details
Citroen has announced full details of the electric variant of its Dispatch van. It's known as the Citroen e-Dispatch and will go on sale in the UK during 2020.
A sister model to both the Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e electric vans, it's externally very similar to the standard diesel Dispatch that has been on sale since 2016. The only visible differences externally are the charging port on the left-hand front wing, as well as a blank section in the front grille and an 'e' badge to the right of the grille and on the left-hand rear door.
The e-Dispatch is powered by a 134bhp electric motor with maximum torque of 260Nm. Top speed in each of the three driving modes (Eco, Normal and Power) is 80mph. Normal optimises both range and performance, while Power aims to offer the same performance as Normal mode when the van is fully loaded. Eco limits motor torque and power, as well as the heating and air-conditioning, in order to maximise range.
Three trim levels will be offered: X, Enterprise and Driver. The entry-level X gets essentials such as Bluetooth-compatible digital radio, power and heated mirrors and an electric parking brake.
Enterprise adds parking sensors, air-conditioning, an alarm, automatic lights and wipers, a seven-inch colour touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay phone connectivity, plus a fold-up outer passenger seat. Folding the seat extends the flat floor, giving up to four metres of load length, while lowering the central armrest reveals a swivel table for working on paperwork or a computer. A tablet holder accessory is also available, fixed into the upper central storage area.
The Driver is the range-topping version and aimed at those covering higher mileages on a regular basis. Kit added here includes extra front parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, a 180-degree rear parking camera, 17-inch alloys, sat nav and a safety pack. The latter bundles together lane-departure warning, speed-limit recognition, intelligent speed adaptation, driver attention alert, smart beam headlights and emergency braking assistance functions.
Battery, range and charging
The e-Dispatch will be offered with a choice of two batteries: a 50kWh model returning up to 143 miles of range, or a 75kWh version capable of 205 miles on a single charge. The 50kWh battery is available with the 'XS' and 'M' body sizes, while the 75kWh option can be specified with the 'M' and 'XL' sizes.
The smaller 50kWh battery takes seven-and-half hours to charge from a 7.4kW home wallbox, or four hours and 45 minutes from a commercial three-phase power supply. Rapid charging from a public charging point takes just 30 minutes.
Charging times for the larger 75kWh battery are just under 11-and-a-half hours from a home wallbox, seven hours from a commercial supply and 45 minutes from a public rapid charger. For both batteries, getting the maximum charging speed from a commercial three-phase power supply requires specifying your e-Dispatch with the optional 11kW on-board charger at extra cost.
The MyCitroen smartphone app can be used to remotely start, stop or schedule charging, as well as cool down or heat up the van's interior ahead of a journey. Citroen in the UK has a partnership with Pod Point for the supply and installation of wallbox chargers, however any wallbox will work with the e-Dispatch.
Cargo volume and payload
With batteries mounted within the van's chassis, Citroen is promising no reduction in load space compared to the e-Dispatch's diesel-engined counterpart. The van is available in three lengths, including the 4.6-metre-long, 5.1-cubic-metre XS, which is designed for easier access to urban centres and parking spaces.
Load volumes vary from 4.6 to 6.6 cubic metres, while all versions have a towing capacity of a tonne and a width between wheelarches of 1.25 metres, which is sufficient to load a Euro pallet. Citroen gives 'normal' and 'increased' payload figures for each version of the e-Dispatch, set out as follows:
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Citroen says the electric Dispatch will offer improved comfort, with “limited noise or vibration” thanks to the electric powertrain, which will also make the van cheaper to run and maintain over the course of its life, the company claims.
The e-Dispatch – which sits on Citroen parent company the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform – joins the larger Relay Electric van, while a new version of the Berlingo Electric is set to arrive in in 2021. Citroen plans to offer an electrified version of every light commercial vehicle in its line-up, with 100% of its range available with electric power by 2025.