Citroën prepares to electrify van range

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French manufacturer plans to only be making 100% electric light commercial vehicles by 2025 alongside all-electric passenger vehicles

French marque Citroën plans to extend its electric offering for business customers with a range of 100% electric compact vans by 2021.

The company, which has a 9.2% market share for light commercial vehicles in Europe during the first half of 2019, is preparing to launch a “major electrification offensive” to make its entire vehicle range all-electric by 2025.

The Berlingo Electric is already being trialed in some targeted markets, the Relay Electric is expected to be launched early next year and a 100% electric version of the Dispatch will be available after. This will be followed by the wider launch of a 100% electric version of the Berlingo van by 2021.

This Citroën LCV range will follow the Groupe PSA electrification strategy, whereby all vehicles in its range will feature an electrified derivative in addition to petrol and diesel combustion engines. This strategy has been devised to give consumers the flexibility to choose their desired model and then the powertrain most relevant to them.

Laurence Hansen, Citroën’s product and strategy director said, “Citroën is launching a major product offensive on the electrification of its light commercial vehicle range. The objective is to market an electrified version of each of its vans by 2021, benefitting from Groupe PSA’s finest knowledge and supplementing the efficient internal-combustion-engine range.”

The all-electric Dispatch will using the Groupe PSA EMP2 multi-energy platform with two battery sizes, offering different levels of range to suit differing customer needs – 124 miles on WLTP cycle with a 50kWh battery and 186 miles on WLTP cycle with a 75kWh battery.

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