Group PSA, the manufacturers of Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall and DS are the market leaders in Europe in the minivan and LCV market. They control 24.7% of the market using their four models, Peugeot Expert, Citroen Jumpy, Opel Vivaro and Vauxhall Vivaro.
The company has announced that they will offer an electric version of each of these vehicles in all their versions, ie, LCV, minivan and business van, by 2020. This push has come due to the changing motoring environment in Europe which is becoming increasingly urban with an increase in the use of small LCVs and minivans due to the ever expanding footprint of e-commerce. Since 2019, all new models launched by Groupe PSA come with either all-electric or plug-in hybrid power trains. These vehicles will have ranges varying from 200 km for a 50 KW-h battery pack to 300 km for a 75 KW-h battery pack.
All four new vehicles are designed around the EMP2 platform of PSA Group which is a multi-energy platform allowing for installation of different power sources in the vehicles. The company aims that all its models have two versions, an IC engine version and an electric version by 2025.
Xavier Peugeot, Senior Vice-President of Groupe PSA’s Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, said, “Groupe PSA is pushing ahead with the electrification of its LCV range by offering electric versions of compact vans for business and individual customers. Without compromising on features, the range will help strengthen our leadership in this segment in Europe. In 2021, our entire range of LCVs and their passenger car equivalents will be electrified.”