Groupe PSA highlighted its ambition to electrify its LCV range to CV Show visitors this week. As part of the wider group’s Push to Pass strategy, the French-owned business will be rolling out fully-electric versions of all its popular van brands by the end of 2023.
On show on PSA’s stand are the Peugeot Boxer Electric and Citroën Relay Electric models, due to be launched later this year. These will be built at the group’s Sevel factory in Italy, with electric conversions carried out by partner BD Auto.
In the medium van sector, Peugeot Expert, Citroën Dispatch and Vauxhall Vivaro will all be available as electric models in 2020, with the latter being built in Luton, UK. While in the small van market, although Partner Electric and Berlingo Electric have been available since 1998, next-generation models are due to be launched in 2021 across Citroën, Peugeot and Vauxhall brands. And the Movano will get the all-electric treatment around 2023, following the base model’s transition from a Renault to PSA platform in 2021.
PSA has also been working on hybrid vans and fuel cell variants and is confident it will be ready with a range of zero-emission LCVs when customers need them.
However, Narbeburu said the pace of change for operators to adopt new technology will depend on a range of factors, such as the growth of refuelling infrastructure and the strength of emissions regulations developed by cities such as London and Paris. “We will be ready as far as the product is concerned. But will the infrastructure be ready? If not, then one side of the coin is missing. It has to evolve in parallel.”