The All-Electric Citroën ë-Spacetourer MPV: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Citroën ë-Spacetourer
Price: € 48,938
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: MPV
Battery size: 50 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 240 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The Citroën ë-Spacetourer MPV

Citroen is a leading French automobile manufacturer, now owned by Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). Stellantis owns a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of leading automotive brands, to include, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc. The Citroen electric vehicle (EV) portfolio includes both, battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models: 

The internal combustion engine (ICE) passenger Spacetourer was launched in 2015. The multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) is now in its third generation. The pure electricë-Spacetourer was launched in 2020.

The electric MPV, is one of the very few options available for larger families seeking to migrate to an affordable electric vehicle (EV) capable of carrying up to 9 passengers. In Ireland, the e-MPV is available in two sizes: the M version (4.95m) and the XL version (5.3m). The MPV has three passenger rows seating 8, with the option of an additional seat in the front row.

There is no doubt, in that, the passenger e-van is perfect for larger families seeking practicality and affordability. The plug-in electric passenger van also offers easy access to the rear passenger seats, given the sliding doors, perfect for carparks with tight spaces.

However, given the size of the tailgate, its operation can be restricted in smaller parking spaces. The M version offers a 507 L boot. By folding the passenger seats, the cargo volume available is an impressive 4554 L in the XL version.

The electric vehicle (EV) has a 50 kWh EV battery with a zero-tailpipe emission electric range of 240 km (WLTP test cycle). A pity, in that, the e-MPV is only available in one battery size, given the size of the vehicle. An EV battery closer to 100 kWh could enhance significantly the proposition of the electric vehicle. Of course, the real-world e-range will be lower than the claimed figures. Expect a range up to 200 km. A useful range, but not exceptional.

The pure electric van can be charged up to 100 kW DC charging i.e. up to 80% charge in 30 minutes. Certainly helpful for longer motorway driving. For home charging using a dedicated 7 kW EV charger like the myenergi zappi EV charger, a full charge will take up to 7.5 hours. The EV has a 7 kW onboard charger.

We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight, when the electricity rates are lower. We also recommend topping up on a regular basis. This way, the EV will take less time to charge. Moreover, regular EV charging is better for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Citroën offers up to 8 years or 160,000 km warranty for the battery (70% charge capacity).

Given the weight of the vehicle (1,969 kg), to include the onboard EV battery, the performance of the ë-Spacetourer will not get you to the pole position on the grid. The front-wheel drive electric van can achieve 0-100 km/h in 12.1 seconds (max power: 136 hp). The top speed of the EV is 130 km/h. The e-van has 3 driving modes: normal mode, eco mode and power mode. The eco mode optimises electricity consumption.

The e-MPV is equipped with a 7″ display (Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto), 15 driving assistance systems: head-up display, intelligent beam headlights, driver attention alert, keyless entry/start, 180-degree colour reversing camera, park assist, trailer stability control, coffee break alert and more. The EV also has connectivity technologies Connect Assist, Connect NAV and Connect Play.

For families keen on electric driving and need 9 seats, the ë-Spacetourer is worth considering. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

Very practical for large families with up to 9 seats (3-rows)Only available in a 50 kWh EV battery option with limited EV range
One of the few affordable zero-tailpipe emission 9 seater MPVs available in the UK marketInfotainment system very basic
100 kW DC chargingTailgate operation restrictive in tight parking spaces


The Citroën ë-Spacetourer MPV (credit: Citroen)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:MPV
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Citroen ë-Spacetourer M Size (from € 48,938)
Citroen ë-Spacetourer L Size (from € 49,808)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 50 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging (15%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions (ë-Spacetourer M)
Height (mm):1890
Width (mm):1920
Length (mm):4956
Wheelbase (mm):3275
Turning Circle (m):11.5
Boot Space (L):507

ë-Spacetourer M
EV Battery Capacity:50 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):240 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):204
Charging:100 kW DC rapid charging (15%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 7 kW (0%-100%: 7 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:130 km/h
0-100 km/h:12.1 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):100 kW
Horsepower (hp):136
Torque (Nm):260
Seats:Up to 9
Unladen Weight (kg):1,969
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Longest Range Pure Electric Cars: Top 5

The electric driving sector has certainly witnessed significant progress in relation to electric range, for both, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Historically, range anxiety has been an impediment for consumers keen to migrate to electric cars, in particular, pure electric cars.

Though range anxiety has been a valid concern, in our view, it had been over-exaggerated. Do keep in mind that most day-to-day driving involves short journeys i.e. school runs, travel to work, local high street, gym, grocery store etc. How many times in a month do we really travel long distances?

In any case, with the latest-generation of pure electric cars, there is ample e-range for both short and long-distance motorway journeys. In fact, the latest-generation of pure electric cars offer a real-world range over 500 km on a single charge. Some of these EVs can travel from the North to the South of Ireland on a single-charge! The longest range electric car on our list below is the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS saloon with a WLTP claimed range up to 729 km.

Several factors have contributed to the improvement in emission-free electric range. Some of these include: increase in size of the onboard EV battery, improvements in the EV battery management, sleeker aerodynamics, lower vehicle weight and overall improvement in vehicle efficiency. We can expect this trend to continue, as automotive manufacturers labour to further improve the efficiency of electric vehicles and ultimately electric range.

It is also worth noting, that not all automotive manufacturers aspire for the largest onboard EV battery or the longest electric range. Many electric cars, like the all-electric Honda-e have been developed primarily to target the needs of urban drivers, who travel short distances. Of course, even for such electric cars, automotive manufacturers continue to seek improvements in vehicle efficiency and e-range.

Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Body TypeBattery Warranty
Mercedes-Benz EQS108.4 kWh729 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
BMW i7105.7 kWh622 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
Mercedes-Benz EQE90.6 kWh617 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
Polestar 3111 kWh610 kmSUV8 years or 160,000 km
Ford Mustang Mach-E98 kWh600 kmSUV8 years or 160,000 km

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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