PARIS -- PSA Group will offer full-electric versions of its Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Jumper medium vans as it completes plans to electrify its range of light-commercial vehicles.
The Boxer and Jumper are produced at the Sevel factory in Atessa, southern Italy, as part of a long-running joint venture with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
After production, the vans will be converted to electrical power and homologated by a Turkey-based company, BD Auto. BD Auto also offers conversions of Fiat Ducato medium vans, which are built on the same lines at the Sevel factory.
The electric Boxer and Jumper -- which will be called the Citroen Relay -- are being presented this week at the Birmingham Commercial Vehicle Show in England. Range will be either 225 km (140 miles) or 270 km (168 miles) on the NEDC test cycle, depending on the length of the van, PSA said.
Starting September 1, all LCVs sold in Europe will need to be homologated under the new Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP, which seeks to better replicate real-world driving conditions.
PSA led the European LCV market in 2018 on the group level, with a market share of about 25 percent.
Other major automakers offer similar conversions for their medium vans. The Renault Master ZE, for example, was introduced last year, with a range of 120 km in real-world conditions, Renault says.
However, new entrants are starting to appear on the market, including StreetScooter, a German startup being spun off by Deutsche Post, and Maxus, a brand from the Chinese company SAIC that is planning a rollout of electric vans in Europe this year.
PSA also confirmed that electric versions of car-derived vans from Peugeot, Citroen and Opel/Vauxhall would appear "before 2021," with electric small vans from those brands appearing in 2020.
The market for electric vans remains tiny in Europe. Renault is the market leader with about 46 percent of the market, with its Kangoo ZE the top-seller at 8,800 sales last year. Analysts say they expect a significant shift in the mid-2020s, as emissions regulations tighten, and more municipalities restrict diesels in an effort to reduce local particulate pollution.