PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel/Vauxhall) intends to offer an electric version of all light commercial vans (and passenger equivalents) by 2021. New PSA passenger cars are already introduced with a BEV/PHEV version since 2019.
The first step will be the electrification of compact vans in 2020 so customers in Europe will be able to buy all-electric commercial or passenger versions of:
- Peugeot Expert
- Citroën Dispatch
- Vauxhall Vivaro
- Opel Vivaro
All those models will be based on the EMP2 multi-energy platform and offered with two battery/range options:
- 50 kWh battery for up to 200 km (124 miles) of WLTP range
- 75 kWh battery for up to 300 km (186 miles) of WLTP range
Taking into consideration battery capacity, it seems that an OEM finally intends to offer some decent range. The times of a 24 kWh or 30 kWh battery are hopefully behind us.
All four models will be assembled at the Hordain plant in northern France, while the electric powertrains will be supplied from the Trémery plant, also in France.
"In an increasingly urbanized environment, Groupe PSA’s new generation of compact vans has been designed around the EMP2 multi-energy platform to offer zero-CO2 mobility for individuals (passenger car versions) and freight (commercial vehicle versions), responding in particular to the development of e-commerce activities.
Groupe PSA leads the LCV segment in Europe, with a 24.7% market share in the first half of 2019. The new all-electric offering, in both LCVs and people carrier versions, will address a key challenge by allowing Groupe PSA to win new market share in these segments."
Xavier Peugeot, Senior Vice-President of Groupe PSA’s Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, said:
“Groupe PSA is pushing ahead with the electrification of its LCV range by offering electric versions of compact vans for business and individual customers. Without compromising on features, the range will help strengthen our leadership in this segment in Europe. In 2021, our entire range of LCVs and their passenger car equivalents will be electrified.”