The All-Electric Citroën ë-Dispatch Panel Van: The Complete Guide For The UK

Citroën ë-Dispatch
Price: £42,785
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 50 kWh/ 75 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 137 - 196 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Citroen is a leading French automobile manufacturer, now owned by Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). Stellantis owns a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of leading automotive brands, to include: Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc. The Citroen electric vehicle (EV) portfolio includes both, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models, passenger and commercial.  Citroen has the following electric vans:



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Citroën ë-Dispatch Panel Van


The Citroën Dispatch (Jumpy) is currently in its third-generation. It has been available since 1994. The panel van is also available as a pure electric van: Citroën ë-Dispatch. The ë-Dispatch is not the first electric van developed by Citroen. The Citroen Electrique was released in 2010 and 250 electric vans were supplied to the French postal service (La Poste).

The ë-Dispatch electric van is available in two lengths: M (4.95 m) and XL (5.30 m). It is also available in two EV battery sizes (50 kWh/ 75 kWh), giving business consumers a wider choice. For the 50 kWh EV battery, the automotive manufacturer claims an electric range up to 137 miles (WLTP) on a full charge, and for the 75 kWh, the claimed range is 196 miles.

Of course, the real-world electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: payload, driving profile, speed, weather conditions, temperature, onboard services used etc. Expect a real-world e-range closer to 115 miles for the 50 kWh EV battery and 165 miles for the 75 kWh variant. In any case, the EV offers a useful and practical range.

The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 100 kW DC. At 100 kW DC, the 50 kWh EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes, while the 75 kWh EV battery will take up to 45 mins for a 80% charge. In general, we at e-zoomed recommend never letting the EV battery charge fall below 10%. So best to plan the journey, such that there is always sufficient charge in the battery.

Citroën also offers the option to upgrade to a three-phase (11 kW) AC onboard charger. Using a dedicated three-phase EV charger, like easee, the 50 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 4 hours and 45 minutes. The 75 kWh will take up to 7 hours to achieve 100% charge. Most business premises in the UK are powered by three-phase power supply.

However, most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase EV charging and many electric vans will be charged overnight at home. Charging at 7.4 kW via a dedicated residential EV charger, the 50 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 7 hours and 30 minutes. The 75 kWh EV battery will take up to 11 hours and 20 minutes.

Though the e-van can be charged using a standard 3-PIN domestic plug, we at e-zoomed discourage using a domestic plug to charge an electric vehicle. It will take up to 28 hours to achieve 100% charge for the 50 kWh EV battery. The 75 kWh EV battery will take up to 42 hours to achieve 100% charge using a domestic 3-PIN plug.

In any case, we at e-zoomed encourage a ‘topping up’ approach to charging an electric vehicle (EV). This is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery and of course, EV charging times are shorter. Citroën offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

In terms of performance, the Citroën ë-Dispatch panel van delivers a maximum power up to 136 hp and 260 Nm torque. The top speed is 81 mph. The electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range. The e-van has three driving modes: Normal, Eco & Power. Like other electric vehicles, the ë-Dispatch also benefits from instant torque.

The electric van offers 5.3 m3 for the M (4959 mm) length and 6.6m3 for the XL (5309 mm). The payload of the electric commercial van is up to 1,002 kg. The EV offers 3 seats. The manufacturer also offers a host of driving aids and technology, to include: adaptive cruise control, collision risk alert, coffee break alert, driver attention alert, head-up colour display, blind spot detection, lane departure warning system, speed limit sign recognition and more!

The Citroën ë-Dispatch is eligible for the UK government plug-in van grant for the ‘large vans’ category. These vehicles are between 2,500kg and 4,250kg gross vehicle weight, have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 96km (60 miles) zero-emissions. The grant will pay for 35% of the purchase price for these vehicles, up to a maximum of £5,000.

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PROS CONS
Decent pure electric range 11 kW onboard charger not standard
Available in two EV battery sizes Options not cheap
100 kW DC Charging/ up to 11 KW AC onboard chargerTop variant expensive

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The All-Electric Citroën ë-Dispatch Panel Van (credit: Citroën)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Panel Van
Plug-In Van Grant (PiVG):Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (Multiple)
ë-Dispatch 50 kWh Auto 1000 (from £42,785)
ë-Dispatch 75 kWh Auto 1000 (from £47,465)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 50 kWh/ 75 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 – 45 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 4.45 – 7 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1899 – 1940
Width (mm):2204
Length (mm):4959 – 5309
Wheelbase (mm):3275
Turning Circle (m):12.4
Cargo Volume (m3):5.3 – 6.6
Payload (kg):1,002

ë-Dispatch: 50 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):137 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):N/A
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 4.45 hrs)
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: N/A
Max Power (hp):136
Torque (Nm): 260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):1,000
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):2,840 – 2,875
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

ë-Dispatch: 75 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):196 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):N/A
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 7 hrs)
Top Speed:81 mph
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: N/A
Max Power (hp):136
Torque (Nm): 260
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):1,000
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):3,025
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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