Citroen e-Dispatch electric van with 186-mile driving range

  • New medium electric van from Citroen
  • Set to make public debut at CV Show 2020
  • Promises 124-186-mile driving range, depending on battery size

Citroen e-Dispatch electric van, 2020, plugged into charger

In news that is probably predictable but nonetheless important, we have confirmed that the electric version of the Citroen Dispatch will be called the Citroen e-Dispatch when it goes on sale later in 2020.

Sister van to the Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e (and the electric Toyota Proace), the e-Dispatch will join its siblings as one of the first fully manufacturer-built medium-sized electric vans available in the UK.

It will get its public debut at the 2020 CV Show in April.

What’s the driving range of the Citroen e-Dispatch electric van?

Just like the Vauxhall and the Peugeot, the e-Dispatch will be available with a choice of two battery sizes.

The smaller 50kWh battery is good for a claimed 124 miles, while the larger 75kWh battery is said to keep the van going for up to 186 miles. Both figures are based on the latest WLTP testing procedures, but still subject to official homologation (so may still change before production starts).

Regardless, that’s not a bad effort. While the Volkswagen e-Transporter has promised to go even further, we only have less realistic NEDC driving range figures for that van at the moment.

The only medium electric van that’s actually on sale in the UK at the time of writing is the Mercedes-Benz eVito, and that claims to go just 92 miles between charges.

Any other technical specifications yet?

Nope. At this point we are still in the dark about power output and torque from the electric motor – though we do know this will drive the front wheels – as well as other critical info such as charging time and payload.

On the payload front, the smaller battery size will almost certainly be able to carry more than the larger one – battery tech is heavy. Neither will reduce the size of the load area, however, as the batteries will be mounted under the rear floor.

What’s the cost of the Citroen e-Dispatch electric van?

No word on this yet, as it’s not due to go on sale until September 2020 at the earliest.

However, Citroen has already gone on record to say that it expects total life costs to be no greater than for the diesel equivalent.

We were also pleasantly surprised by the entry price of under £40,000 for the Mercedes eVito when it was announced in January 2020, and Citroen will surely need to be competitive with that. The eVito’s smaller battery will help Mercedes here, though.

We'll bring you more details as soon as we have them, which should be around the time the e-Dispatch makes its starring appearance at the CV Show 2020 in Birmingham.

Also read:

>> A-Z of the CV Show 2020

>> Citroen Dispatch full review

>> Peugeot e-Expert latest details

>> Vauxhall Vivaro-e latest details

>> The Parkers guide to electric vans