Citroen Dispatch electric van announced

Electric version of Citroen Dispatch van will join the line-up in 2020

An all-electric variant of the Citroen Dispatch van will go on sale in the UK next year, the manufacturer has confirmed.

The electric Dispatch will be offered with a choice of two batteries: a 50kWh model returning up to 124 miles of range, or a 75kWh version capable of 186 miles on a single charge.

No other performance figures have been announced at this stage, but Citroen says the maximum payload will be similar to that of the existing petrol and diesel variants. 

Currently, the Dispatch is available in three different lengths, capable of carrying between 1,075 and 1,415kg of goods. Carrying capacity ranges from 5.1 to 6.6m³ of space, with 1.25m of space between the wheelarches and a flatbed up to 4m long.

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 French firm also believes having unrestricted access to ultra-low-emissions zones in cities will be a big selling point for the electric van, especially to businesses providing “last-mile” deliveries.

The electric Dispatch – which will be built on PSA Group’s EMP2 platform – will join the new Relay Electric due to be launched at the beginning of 2020. A new version of the Berlingo Electric van is set to arrive in in 2021, too.

Citroen plans to offer an electrified version of every light commercial vehicle in its line-up, with 100% of its range going electric by 2025.

Its PSA Group sister brands Peugeot and Vauxhall have similar plans, with a Peugeot Boxer Electric and Vauxhall Vivaro Electric already confirmed.