PSA plans all-electric versions of all its popular van brands by 2023

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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.

“We’ll be ready at the end of 2020 to sell Jumpy, Expert and Vivaro fuel cell models” Philippe Narbeburu, senior vice-president Light Commercial Vehicles Groupe, PSA Business Unit

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.”

Gray & Adams displays the breadth of its portfolio at the CV Show

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Dominating Gray & Adams’ stand (3D60) is a 44-pallet lifting-deck trailer in a livery celebrating the 25th anniversary of customer Culina Group.

Alongside is an 18-tonner built for Creed Foodservice. As well as its wind-cheating 7.7m body and pallet-width nearside sliding, the DAF LF cab incorporates additional glazing to improve driver visibility.

The truck employs a low-emission Carrier Transicold TRS multi-temperature refrigeration system. Other features of the body include a movable mattress bulkhead which provides for flexible, horizontal division of the load area for the transportation of frozen and chilled/ambient product, a BlueSeal air curtain by Brightec to maintain temperature integrity, and a 1,500kg flat platform Dhollandia tail-lift.

“The three pieces of equipment we’re presenting demonstrate the range of our capabilities, and the breadth of our customer portfolio” Peter Gray, joint MD, Gray & Adams

Visitors to the CV Show 2019 may have seen that outside the NEC, Gray & Adams has a 13.6m single-deck trailer with electric rear shutter door, in the colours of Spar distributor James Hall.