Citroen e-SpaceTourer: specs and details of nine-seat electric minibus
Citroen has announced an electric version of its SpaceTourer van-derived minibus, which will be known as the e-SpaceTourer and boast up to nine seats.
It's based on the Citroen e-Dispatch panel van; the pair mirror the e-Traveller minibus and e-Expert van from sister French brand Peugeot. The company says it's especially well suited to the requirements of executive shuttle and taxi companies, as well as sports clubs or other organisations, and larger families.
The e-SpaceTourer is set to arrive in UK dealers by the end of 2020, with exact pricing to be confirmed between now and then.
Citroen e-SpaceTourer range, battery and charging
Like the equivalent Peugeot model, the Citroen e-SpaceTourer has a 50kWh battery, giving a driving range between charges of 143 miles. The battery is located under the floor and so doesn't impinge on passenger or luggage space; it's covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.
Charging is possible from a conventional three-pin socket, a home wallbox (7.4kW), a workplace wallbox (11kW) or a public rapid charger (up to 100kW). From the latter, an 80% top-up will take half an hour, rising to nearly five hours from the 11kW wallbox and seven-and-a-half hours from the 7.4kW wallbox.
Charging can be managed remotely using the MyCitroen smartphone app, and Citroen has also partnered with PodPoint in the UK for the supply and installation of home or workplace wallboxes. Citroen customers benefit from an extended five-year warranty on these.
Electric motor and performance
A 100kW electric motor gives a top speed of 80mph, while there are three drive modes: Eco (60kW) restricts acceleration and reduces heating and air-conditioning power in order to maximise range, Power (100kW) delivers the motor's full output for the best acceleration, overtaking and hillclimbing capability, while Normal (80kW) strikes a balance between the other two.
There are also two levels of brake energy recuperation to choose from: Standard aims to provide a similar feeling to lifting off the accelerator in a diesel van, while Enhanced gives a stronger slowing effect when the accelerator is released, allowing the driver to minimise use of the brake pedal.
Interior and practicality
In the UK, the e-SpaceTourer will be offered in the 'M' chassis length only. This is 4.95 metres long, with a 3.27-metre wheelbase, 0.8-metre rear overhang and turning circle of 12.4 metres. The five-seater version leaves capacity for 2,381 litres of luggage. Seating can be folded or slid backwards and forwards on rails to free up luggage or passenger space as required.
A total of 74 litres of cabin storage is offered, spread across a mix of open and closed storage areas, including the gloveboxes, cup-holders, door bins and passenger trays. Citroen says there's no loss of interior space compared to the conventional diesel-engined SpaceTourer.
Trim levels and specifications
Two trim levels will be available in the UK. The entry-level e-SpaceTourer Feel can be had as a five, seven or eight-seater and is primarily aimed at the family market. The e-SpaceTourer Business, as the name suggests, is targeted more at corporate buyers, and the seating configuration can be tailored to customer requirements.
Citroen is on something of an electrification offensive at the moment, with the ultra-cheap ami city car, C5 Aircross Hybrid SUV and aforementioned e-Dispatch van all appearing in recent months. An all-new e-C4 electric hatchback is also on the verge of being unveiled.