Parent company PSA has confirmed all electric versions of the Dispatch, Expert and Vivaro van will go on sale in 2020. The aim is for the group’s entire passenger car and LCV range to be electrified by 2025.
The electric variants will share the same electric-drive specification and will be available with a choice of two different batteries.
There has been no confirmation regarding power output, torque or payload but the PSA says a 50kWh (kilowatt hour) battery will offer a driving range of 124 miles on the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), while a 75kWh battery will offer a WLTP range of 186 miles. In terms of comparison, the driving range of these vehicles is considerably better than the Mercedes-Benz eVito, which is presently rated at just 93 miles per charge.
The EMP2 platform on which the Expert, Dispatch and Vivaro are based has been designed to accommodate both internal combustion engines and electric powertrains, with the latter said to be a response to the development of e-commerce activities.
The new models, which will be available in both LCV and passenger-carrying variants, will be built in the Hordain factory in northern France, using powertrains assembled at the Tremery plant in eastern France.
Xavier Peugeot, Senior Vice-President of Groupe PSA’s Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, said: “Groupe PSA is pushing ahead with the electrification of its LCV range by offering electric versions of compact vans for business and individual customers. Without compromising on features, the range will help strengthen our leadership in this segment in Europe. In 2021, our entire range of LCVs and their passenger car equivalents will be electrified.”