New Citroen e-Relay is officially unveiled

Citroen e-Relay launched front
The new Citroen e-Relay has been officially launched for buyers in the UK.

The Citroen e-Relay has been unveiled officially and it is the firm’s most spacious and largest electric van.

Drivers and businesses will get a van that offers a maximum load volume of 15 m³ with a maximum payload of 1,150 kg.

The first examples have already reached showrooms and it now sits alongside the impressive Citroen e-Dispatch in the firm’s commercial vehicle line-up.

Citroen says that customers will, by the end of this year, be able to order what is their most compact electric van- the e-Berlingo.

All-electric e-Relay is available in the Enterprise trim

However, the all-electric e-Relay is only available in the Enterprise trim but has the configurations of chassis cab, window van or panel van.

Citroen says that this line-up will meet the needs of most businesses, as well as fleet operators.

The e-Relay panel van is available in L2, L3 and L4 lengths.

The window van is only available in L4 form, while the chassis cab versions are only available in L3 lengths.

There’s a choice of two battery packs, a 37kWh option with an electric motor producing 120 hp, and this is only available in the firm’s L2 panel van.

There’s also a 78kWh battery which utilises the same motor with 120 hp of power but delivers a better range of 139 miles – as opposed to the 73 miles from the smaller battery.

Attractions for firms to invest in all-electric vans

One of the big attractions for firms to invest in all-electric vans is for the zero tailpipe emissions which attracts a 0% company van tax rate.

The new battery-powered Citroen e-Relay is also exempt from current Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (Ulez) charges and congestion charges.

A Type 2 charging cable comes as standard with the e-Relay and drivers can also use rapid chargers.

Charging the battery from a 7kW wallbox will take between six and 12 hours.

All battery units for the Citroen e-Relay come with a 100,000-mile or eight-year warranty.

Standard equipment for the van includes a five-inch colour display, satnav and DAB radio.

The rear-view mirror also has a small display for showing the battery’s charge level and the remaining charge, as well as important vehicle information.

Prices for the new all-electric Citroen e-Relay start at £49,335 for the entry-level model, and rise to £59,750 for the e-Relay window van.