After a very recent announcement of the new all-electric Peugeot e-Boxer, which we talked about less than two weeks ago, now the Citroen has announced its own large electric van. As you may know, the largest Citroen commercial vehicle is the Relay van and the electric version will be called, without a surprise, the e-Relay. Citroen has already mentioned the electric Relay at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham but has now confirmed that the Relay Electric will go on sale in early 2021.
As with other manufacturers, the decision to electrify the Relay is Citroen's response to customers' demand for a delivery van suitable for low-emission and zero-emission zones and also allows Citroen to deliver the maximum load volume that delivery companies need. Since the Relay diesel offers one of the best payload capacities in the large van sector, the e-Relay should still be able to transport more than its rivals, even though the electric version has a reduced payload. The battery-powered Relay will complete the electrification of the Citroen commercial vehicle line-up.
Seeing how successful our Citroen Relay van leasing deals are, we are excited to find out if the e-Relay lease will be as popular.
What sizes of the Citroen e-Relay electric van will be available?
The Relay EV will be offered in four chassis lengths, from L1 to L4. There will also be a choice of three roof heights, from H1 to H3.
What's the payload of the Relay Electric Van?
That's an important question for all-electric vans since the battery technology is so heavy, however, the Citroen has some good news in this field. The e-Relay will carry a whopping 1,215kg, which really is a lot for an electric van.
What's the driving range of the e-Relay?
Citroen e-Relay will come with two battery options of 44kWh and 62kWh to help fleet managers to control the costs and driving range. The larger battery will allow you to travel up to 169 miles on a single charge, while the smaller battery pack should let you drive for up to 141 miles before having to charge again.
As always, this will depend on the charger. It should take approximately 16 hours on a regular three-pin plug, 8 hours on a special electric vehicle charger, and 7 hours on a three-phase charger. It looks like the best option is to plug it to charge overnight.
How fast will you be able to go in the Relay all-electric?
The electric motor delivers the equivalent of 96hp so not really impressive. It is also reflected in the Relay's top speed, which isn't great at 55mph but it's been decided to be able to offer a longer driving range instead.
Let's see some pictures
The pictures show the smallest e-Relay model, which is L1H1.
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