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First pictures: Citroen E-Dispatch electric medium van

Citroen has revealed the first pictures and details of its electric Dispatch medium van.

The new van comes to the UK in the second half of this year, available with a choice of two battery options – 50kWh or 75kWh batteries offering a respective 143-mile or 205-mile range.

Citroen claims no compromise in terms of load capacity versus the internal combustion engine, which go from 4.6m3 to 6.6m3, and the smaller battery will be offered with XS and M body lengths, Citroen E-Dispatch 2020while the larger is available in the M and XL styles. There are payload reductions though, with all 75kWh battery models offering a 1000kg payload, although there is a chance the smaller-battery vehicles could come with an option of an upgrade to 1275kg as well as the regular 1000kg. Citroen claimed the towing capacity I best-in-class at one tonne, while the minimum width is 1.25 metres, sufficient to get a Europallet between the wheel arches.

Pricing is not yet confirmed, but is expected to run from below £34,000 to towards £45,000 for the top-spec of the three trim levels that run from X to Enterprise and the top-spec Driver specification. Full pricing will be revealed when the van goes on sale, with Citroen due to open the order book on 1 July.

All vehicles get Bluetooth, electric heated mirrors and an electric parking brake, while Enterprise adds rear parking sensors, air conditioning, seven-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay/Android Auto and automatic lights and wipers. Driver also gets front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, 180-degree rear parking camera, 17-inch alloys, sat-nav and the Safety Pack of systems including lane departure warning, speed limit recognition and automatic emergency braking.

The sibling to the electric Peugeot Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro is the first of three pure-EV light commercials from the French brand, with the larger Relay coming late this year and smaller Berlingo electric due in 2021.

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