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Citroen Relay Electric large van on sale in 2020

  • Electric version of Citroen Relay officially unveiled
  • Promises up to 140-mile driving range, 1,215kg payload
  • Official Citroen product, but converted by third party

Citroen pulled off a genuine surprise at the 2019 CV Show by revealing an electric version of the Relay large van for the first time ever.

The new Citroen Relay Electric, which was shown alongside an equivalent Peugeot Boxer Electric, makes its world debut at the UK commercial vehicle show – and is so new that details are extremely limited at this stage.

Keep reading for the first official info on this new electric van.

What’s the driving range of the Citroen Relay Electric?

The example shown at the CV Show was the smallest possible L1H1 variant – that’s the shortest body length and the lowest roof height – and Citroen claims it will travel between 99 and 140 miles per charge using a 44kW battery pack.

How long does it take to charge the Citroen Relay Electric?

This depends on the charger, but Citroen is claiming 16 hours on a regular plug, eight hours on a single-phase dedicated electric vehicle charger, and seven hours on three-phase charger.

Citroen Relay Electric large van - CV Show 2019, rear view

Best plug it in overnight, then.

How powerful is the Citroen Relay Electric and how fast does it go?

The electric motor delivers the equivalent of 96hp – not much for a large van.

This is reflected in its top speed, which is limited to 55mph (a decision that no doubt helps extend the driving range).

What’s the maximum payload of the Citroen Relay Electric?

This is the all-important area of concern with electric vans, as the battery technology is heavy.

Citroen Relay Electric large van - CV Show 2019, Pure Electric badge

Good news here is that Citroen is claiming the Relay Electric will carry as much as 1,215kg – which is a lot for an electric van.

Is the Relay Electric built by Citroen?

The basic van is, of course. But the electric version is actually carried out by a partner company called BD Auto.

This is the same approach that VW has taken with its e-Caddy and e-Transporter electric vans – which are actually going to be built by ABT.

Citroen Relay Electric large van - CV Show 2019, front view

The advantages are speed of production – we weren’t expecting to see an electric Relay until the next generation model, which isn’t due until into the next decade – and variety. BD Auto will be able to convert a wider range of Relay vans than Citroen may have produced on a regular production line.

How much is the Citroen Relay Electric and when does it go on sale?

This is all a bit vague at the moment, but you should brace yourself to pay around £60,000 if rival vehicles from Renault and LDV are anything to go by.

As for when it will arrive, the latest info we have is that they'll go on sale in 'early 2020', perhaps slightly ahead of the electric version of the Citroen Dispatch, which will be built in-house by Citroen itself..

Also read:

>> A-Z of the CV Show 2019

>> The Parkers guide to electric vans

>> Citroen Relay full review