Citroën’s 9 Seat EV

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Citroën has announced its ë-SpaceTourer – a 9-seat MPV powered by electricity. The van-based people carrier comes in a variety of body sizes and this ‘e’ version of the SpaceTourer will be available with a choice of battery capacities. A 50kWh battery delivers 230 km maximum range – while a larger 75kWh pack delivers a very useful 330 km of range.

As it is an EV the ë-SpaceTourer will be very quiet inside and also very easy to drive with its automatic gearbox. Three body lengths will be built: The smallest is the XS at 4.6 metres, then comes the medium at 4.95m, with the XL the most cavernous at 5.3m. At 1.9m tall it can fit into most carparks. Lots of creature comforts will be available too such as: hands-free sliding side doors, top rear vision, active safety break, head-up display or automatic main-beam switching, etc.

Citroën says ‘the ë-SpaceTourer is particularly suited to the needs of businesses (shuttles, taxis, etc.), local authorities, companies, clubs and associations, families and “tribes”. It ensures they have sufficient range for the vast majority of their journeys, unprecedented driving comfort, access to restricted areas with zero CO2 emissions, and reduced running costs. Remote cabin pre-conditioning means that the heating or air-conditioning can be controlled before getting into the vehicle. It can be programmed using the My Citroën application or on the touch-screen with the Connect Nav service. It helps to improve battery management by using an energy-consuming function while the vehicle is still plugged in and for improved on-board comfort when getting into the vehicle. If the vehicle is plugged in, the pre-set increase in temperature of 21° takes 45 minutes before the programmed departure time of the vehicle. If the vehicle is not plugged in, 20 minutes are sufficient and pre-conditioning is available provided the battery charge available is above 50%’.

Maximum power generated by its 100kW electric motor is 136hp and 260nm of torque. Top speed is 130km/h (France’s motorway limit). There are three driving modes that access three amounts of power: Eco (60kW/190nm), Normal (80kW/210nm) and Sport (100kW/260nm). Two energy recovery modes under braking are available: ‘Standard’ for a feel close to that of a conventional engine vehicle, ‘Enhanced’ for increased deceleration when releasing the accelerator pedal. This latter mode is accessible via the ‘Brake’ button on the gearbox control.

There are three charging modes available. A 7.4 kW single-phase charger as standard and an optional 11 kW three-phase charger. Citroën says its ë-SpaceTourer continues its offensive in 2020 after C5 Aircross Hybrid SUV, Ami and ë-Jumpy. It will arrive in European dealerships at the end of 2020.

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