The Citroën ë-Jumpy (e-Dispatch) is an electric van made by Citroën to compete with the likes of the Peugeot e-Traveller, the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro-e, and the Toyota Proace Verso. All four of these are based on the same Stellantis electric van platform which means that they are almost identical, except for a few factors such as price, space, looks, and desirability.
In this article, we will compare the Citroën ë-Jumpy electric vs similar EV cars and tell you why you should go for one over the other. The Citroën ë-Jumpy comes in two available sizes which are the same as all other vans from this list, except for the Toyota which comes in certain subcategories such as a shuttle model, but some don’t offer seating for 9 people.
The Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro-e and the ë-Jumpy are really close when it comes to price while the Peugeot e-Traveller is the most expensive car on this list. The Toyota Proace Verso can be had for the lowest price, but only if you don’t need seating for up to 9 people.
All in all, all four of these are really similar and it’s rather neck and neck between them. Your purchasing decision is likely going to be based on your badge loyalty and the best price you can get for each of them. As such, no matter which one you end up buying, you really can’t make a wrong decision here.
The Citroën ë-Jumpy comes in two different variants depending on the battery size and the layout. The 50kW mid-size model is the cheapest and it will set you back for around €51,000 while the 75kWh XL model is the most expensive coming at €56,000. The 50kWh model offers around 180km of range while the 75kWh model offers up to 260km of range.
Fast charging is capped at 100kW which means that you can recharge the ë-Jumpy from 20% to 80% in around 28 minutes. Design-wise, I’d say that the ë-Jumpy looks the best out of them all. It has great space management which means that you can fill it up with people and cargo without any issues.
As mentioned at the beginning, the e-Traveller is almost identical to the ë-Jumpy because all of these vans are based on the familiar Stellantis platform that gives you the choice between a 50kWh model and a 75kWh model. The range is capped at 175km for the 50kWh model and 255km for the 75kWh model. The e-Traveller can also be had in mid-size or XL form.
Fast charging speeds are identical to the ë-Jumpy while slow-speed charging from a standard home AC socket takes around 8-9 hours for the 50kWh model and 11 hours for the 75kWh. (these stats are the same for all vans here). A starting price of €63,000 makes the e-Traveller the most expensive van here, but it also uses higher-quality interior materials and many deem it to be more comfortable.
The third contender on this list, the Vivaro-e starts at €51,000 for the smaller 50kWh mid-size model while the top-end XL 75kWh model costs €57,000 which means that it is the cheapest XL 75kWh model out of them all. All versions get up to 9 seats and the Vivaro-e is a decently comfortable and spacious van.
Design-wise, it might not be as cool-looking as all the other vans on this list because Opel decided to use fairly sedated lines that do not make the Vivaro-e stand out. However, some people love that and that is why the Vivaro-e is surely going to earn points which those types of buyers.
Toyota Proace Verso
The final contender on this list is the Toyota Proace Verso which surprisingly also borrows the Stellantis electric platform, but Toyota is not managed by Stellantis which means that Toyota bought the platform to use it with their models. This comes as a surprise as Toyota is usually known to develop its own platform, but this is likely the cheaper option.
The Proace Verso comes in mid-size and XL forms with both a 50kWh and a 75kWh form and all the specs are the same as with all the other vans on this list. However, the Proace comes in either an 8 or 9-seat configuration and a special shuttle model designed for people transportation. A starting price of €50,000 makes the 8-seater 50kWh Proace the cheapest, but a 75kWH model with 9 seats costs close to €60,000.
Why do all of these electric vans use the same platform?
The answer to this question is rather simple – costs. Developing a standalone EV platform is likely to cost a few billion dollars which is why they aren’t many brands out there that are able to afford that. The VAG designed its own, but that platform is being used for Audi, Porsches, Skoda, and all other VAG products.
In order not to bury a company financially, it makes sense to develop these platforms in conjunction with other automakers as that lowers the overall rice by quite a bit. Moreover, EVs are not yet selling all that much which means that real profits are likely going to come later.
Is a plug-in hybrid van better than an electric van?
A plug-in hybrid van might be a good choice for those who aren’t yet ready to switch to a completely electric powertrain, but there really aren’t many plug-in hybrid vans you can choose from. On the other hand, there are quite a few electric vans out there.
I’d say that if you can utilize an electric van to its fullest potential, then it makes sense to go for an electric van in 99% of situations. However, if you can’t and you think that charging your van is sometimes going to be difficult, you should wait a while before you can do comfortably and thus opt for a PHEV of any kind.
Is Citroën making good electric cars?
Citroën electric cars are gathering quite a lot of interest lately which means that they are obviously doing something right. Sure, there really aren’t any “luxury” EVs there, but Citroën does make great semi-affordable EVs, especially cars like the e-C4 which is the modern iteration of what a car from the most popular segment is supposed to look like.