2019 Citroen Relay Electric large van revealed

New Citroen Relay Electric large van joins the van fleet with claimed range of up to 169 miles

Citroen Relay Electric

Citroen has used the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham to debut its new battery-powered large van, the Citroen Relay Electric. The new van is a response to customer demands for a zero-emissions parcel delivery vehicle, and is a rival to vans such as the Renault Master ZE, Volkswagen e-Crafter and Mercedes eSprinter.

The electric van is based on the standard Relay (called the Jumpy in Europe), but the diesel engine is replaced by an electric motor, while two battery options of 44kWh and 62kWh are available to allow fleet managers to control costs. Go for the larger 62kWh battery, and the Relay Electric has a claimed driving range of 169 miles, while the smaller battery offers a range of up to 141 miles.

Car licence holders will be allowed to drive electric vans

As with rivals, the choice of electrifying the Relay allows Citroen to deliver the maximum cargo volume that delivery companies need. However, the Relay diesel has one of the best payload capacities of any large van, and while the electric version has a reduced payload by around half a tonne, it should still be able to carry more than its rivals.

The Relay Electric has arrived quickly because it's a conversion of the standard van carried out by specialist BD Auto. Talking to PSA LCV boss Phillipe Narbeburu, he explained that the Relay has been produced to cater for the needs of specific customers. "We have been able to install the electric drive without changing the cargo volume, and that was important," he explained. "We will offer the Relay in four lengths and with the two battery packs to give customers the choice between range and costs. We will also help with installing charging for fleet customers.

The Relay Electric is just the start of the electrification of the PSA Group range. "We will introduce Berlingo Electric Van in 2020, while the all-new Relay, including an electric version, will arrive in 2021, while hydrogen fuel cells will arrive in the van range after it has appeared in our passenger cars."

Prices for the Relay Electric will be announced closer to its on-sale date towards the end of 2019.

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