Groupe PSA continues its electro-mobility charge within its brands and following the launch of the ë-Boxer electric van range from Peugeot, its sister brand Citroën has introduced its comparable model, the ë-Relay, which offers all the qualities of the internal combustion version with the advantages of the electric engine, a range of up to 340 km and the possibility of charging the battery to 80% in 45 minutes.
Since 2019, all new models launched by Citroën have been available in a 100% electric or a plug-in hybrid version – the aim is to electrify the whole range by 2025. Starting in 2021, 100% of the LCV range and its passenger car variants will be proposed in a 100% electric version. In a context of growing urbanisation, access to city centres and their zero emission zones is a major challenge for business users.
Two driving ranges to choose from, making ë-Relay among the best in its category with the most powerful battery
– 200 km (WLTP cycle) – available on L1, L2 body shapes – 37 kWh lithium-ion battery.
– 340 km (WLTP cycle) – available on L2S, L3 and L4 chassis-cab body shapes – 70 kWh battery.
The traction battery system, assembled by PSA partner, Turkish specialist BEDEO, is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km for 70% of the charging capacity.
New ë-Relay is equipped with a single variable speed that not only facilitates driving but also optimises the efficiency of the electric motor and thus increases the driving range. In addition, it is equipped with an energy recovery system to control front and rear operation and the regenerative braking energy-recovery functions in certain phases. The energy is therefore recovered both when the accelerator is released and when the brake pedal is depressed. Other tech spec details in brief:
– Engine power of 96 kW (120 hp) / 260 Nm,
– Regulatory maximum speed of 110 km/h (for a 3.5-tonne load) and 90 km/h (for 4 tonnes),
– 3 gear positions: D (Drive), N (Neutral) and R (Reverse).
– Freedom of access to restricted zones subject to CO2 emission limits,
– Reduced operating cost.
– Panel vans, Chassis cabs, Double cab chassis, Platform cabs.
– 4 lengths: L1 (4.963 m – 37 kWh), L2 (5.413 m – 37 kWh), L3 (5.998 m – 70 kWh) and L4 (6.363 m – 70 kWh),
– 1 Best In Class effective width with 1.42 m between the wheel arches and 1.87 m between the partitions,
– 3 wheelbases: 3 m (L1), 3.45 m (L2) and 4.035 m (L3 and L4),
– 3 heights: 2.254 m (H1), 2.524 (H2), 2.764 m (H3).
– Useful volume: L1H1: 8 m3 / L2H2: 11.5 m3 / L3H2: 13 m3 / L4H2: 15 m3 / L4H3: 17 m3.
Payload: Best In Class – The 4-tonne version can be driven with a category B licence (3.5T) by deducting the weight of the battery, which is a real advantage in the segment. Payloads up to 1265 kg* (L3H2) are key requirements in this segment. The 1890 kg payload of the chassis cab before conversion is the best in the segment.