Citroen e-Relay electric van: pictures, specs and details
Citroen has confirmed it will launch a zero-emissions, fully electric version of its large Relay delivery van, and it's expected to go on sale at some point in the second half of 2020. Citroen's sister brand Peugeot will also debut an electric version of its equivalent of the Relay, the Peugeot Boxer.
While details for the wider European market have been announced, it is not yet clear exactly which versions of the new van will make it to the UK. The Citroen e-Relay (called the e-Jumper in other markets) will be offered with two battery sizes: 37kWh or 70kWh. The former has a claimed 124-mile range, while the latter boasts 211 miles.
The shorter-range model will be offered in 'L1' and 'L2' bodystyles, while the latter will come in 'L2S', 'L3' and 'L4' chassis-cab bodystyles. A total of four chassis lengths and three roof heights is offered, with the chassis cab version boasting the highest payload of up to 1,890kg.
A Type 3 charge cable will be supplied as standard for use with wallboxes with outputs of 3.7 to 22kW, while there's also support for fast charging up to 50kW. Citroen claims that the latter allows for an 80% charge in an hour. Regenerative braking also features.
Interestingly, all information about the van's electric drivetrain is displayed on the interior rear view mirror, including battery charge, gear selection, plus current and voltage readouts. External styling changes are limited to badging and a charging flap on the left wing in place of the fuel cap.
Standard kit includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), hill-start assist, lane-departure warning, a rear-view camera, reversing sensors, automatic headlights and speed limit recognition. Cruise control is also included, plus blind-spot monitoring and hill-descent control. A five-inch infotainment screen is included with Bluetooth connectivity, while an optional nine-inch screen brings sat-nav.
Full performance figures are yet to be announced but Citroen has confirmed that top speed will be limited to 110km/h (68mph) for 3.5-tonne versions, or 90km/h (56mph) for four-tonne vans.
Both the Relay Electric and Boxer Electric will go into competition with the Renault Master Z.E. in the large electric van class, which is primarily aimed at companies that do lots of quick deliveries across a single city.