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

Citroën ë-Relay
Price: £67,542
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Panel Van
Battery size: 37 kWh/ 75 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 73 - 154 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-Relay Panel Van


The Citroën ë-Relay panel van was launched in 2021. The ë-Relay electric van is available in two EV battery sizes: 37 kWh and 75 kWh. The manufacturer claims an electric range up to 73 miles (WLTP) for the smaller 37 kWh EV battery and a range up to 154 miles (WLTP) for the 75 kWh EV battery.

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 60 miles for the 37 kWh EV battery and 130 miles for the 75 kWh variant. Though this is not class-leading EV range, the e-van does offer a useful and practical range.

The manufacturer offers DC charging up to 50 kW DC. Again, not class-leading, but useful! At 50 kW DC, the 37 kWh EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 60 minutes, while the 75 kWh EV battery will also take up to 60 minutes 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 offers up to three-phase (22 kW) AC onboard charging compatibility. Using a dedicated three-phase EV charger, like easee, the 37 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 3 hours. The 75 kWh will take up to 9 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 37 kWh EV battery can be fully charged in 6 hours. The 75 kWh EV battery will take up to 12 hours. 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.

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.

The Citroën ë-Relay is available in three lengths: L2H2 (37 kWh battery), L3H2 (75 kWh battery), and L4H2 (75 kWh battery). The electric van offers between 11.5 m3 – 15 m3 cargo volume, with a payload up to 1,150 kg. The EV offers 3 seats.

The manufacturer also offers a host of driving aids and technology, to include: lane departure warning system, rear traffic alert, active safety brake, rear view camera, smart beam headlights, intelligent traction control, blind spot monitoring system, grip control with hill descent control, speed-limit-sign recognition and more.

In terms of performance, the Citroën ë-Relay panel van delivers a maximum power up to 120 hp and 350 Nm torque. The top speed is 75 mph. The electric van also incorporates regenerative braking to improve the efficiency of the EV and increase the electric range. Like other electric vehicles, the ë-Relay also benefits from instant torque.

The Citroën ë-Relay 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 cargo volume and practicality Limited electric range
Available in two EV battery sizes DC charging limited to 50 kWh
22 KW AC onboard charger as standard Cheaper options available

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The All-Electric Citroën ë-Relay 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 (4 Options)
ë-Relay 35 Heavy L2H2 Electric 37kWh Enterprise (from £67,542)
ë-Relay 35 Heavy L3H2 Electric 75kWh Enterprise (from £74,442)
ë-Relay 40 Heavy L3H2 Electric 75kWh Enterprise (from £79,842)
ë-Relay 40 Heavy L4H2 Electric 75kWh Enterprise (from £80,922)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 37 kWh/ 75 kWh
Charging:50 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 60 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (0%-100%: 3 – 9 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):2522
Width (mm):2050
Length (mm):5413 – 6363
Wheelbase (mm):3450 – 4035
Turning Circle (m):12.64 – 14.46
Cargo Volume (m3):11.5 – 15
Payload (kg):740 – 1,150

ë-Relay: 37 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:37 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):73 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):N/A
Charging: 50 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 60 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (0%-100%: 3 hrs)
Top Speed:75 mph
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: N/A
Max Power (hp):120
Torque (Nm): 350
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):0
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):3,500
Colours:10
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

ë-Relay: 75 kWh
EV Battery Capacity:75 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):154 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100 km):N/A
Charging: 50 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 60 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (0%-100%: 9 hrs)
Top Speed:75 mph
0-62 mph:N/A
Drive: N/A
Max Power (hp):120
Torque (Nm): 350
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:3
Towing Capacity/ Braked (kg):0
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg):3,500 – 4,005
Colours:10
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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