Citroen e-Dispatch charging guide

citroen e-dispatch charging guide

Citroen e-Dispatch is a the electric version of the French firm’s Dispatch medium-sized panel van. Offering a range of more than 200 miles on a charge, the e-Dispatch is available in a range of sizes and with two battery options on offer.

Part of the PSA Group, Citroen e-Dispatch shares a powertrain with the Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e.

Official WLTP Range

Citroen e-Dispatch 75 kWh
205 miles

Citroen e-Dispatch 50 kWh
143 miles

Real-world Range

Citroen e-Dispatch 75 kWh
185 miles

Citroen e-Dispatch 50 kWh
129 miles

How to charge a Citroen e-Dispatch

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The Citroen e-Dispatch uses the CCS charging standard, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used when charging at home, work, or at public slow and fast AC points. The lower section beneath the Type 2 inlet is used to carry high power during rapid DC charging from a CCS connector. The Citroen e-Dispatch’s CCS inlet is found on the near-side front 3/4 panel near the front wheel.

Citroen e-Dispatch is able to be slow, fast, and rapid charged from public points, depending on network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable – both of which are usually supplied with the vehicle. For rapid charging, the CCS connector required is tethered to the charging unit.

Type 2 – Slow & FastCCS – Rapid

Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at private home or workplace charge points, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.

On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may require the use of an RFID card or smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are relatively commonplace on newer charge points. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.

How long does it take to charge a Citroen e-Dispatch

citroen e-dispatch van how to charge

The following table shows approximately how long it will take to charge a Citroen e-Dispatch 75 kWh fitted with optional 11 kW on-board charger. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted at the usual 0-80%, as most rapid chargers reduce power before 100% charge to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.

Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.

Rapid 100kWRapid 50kWFast 22kWFast 7kWSlow 3kW
35 mins
1 hour 10 mins
7 hours
11 hours
25 hours


The Citroen e-Dispatch is fitted with a standard 7.4 kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging, with an optional 11 kW on-board charger available, in addition to rapid 100 kW DC capability. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a rated output above 7.4 kW or 11 kW respectively, the Citroen e-Dispatch will only be able to charge at up to 7.4 kW or 11 kW.

Use Zap-Map’s Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for a Citroen e-Dispatch. The level of battery charge, connector speed, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.


How much does it cost to charge a Citroen e-Dispatch?

The table below shows estimates of the cost to charge the Citroen e-Dispatch’s 75 kWh battery at work (on a commercial tariff) or using a rapid charge point. Cost estimates are dependent on the charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack. Cost per mile is calculated using an estimate of real-world range.

TypeCost/kWhCost to chargeCost per mile
Home off-peak8 p/kWh£6.002.9 p/mile
Home26 p/kWh£19.509.5 p/mile
Public Fast30 p/kWh£22.5011.0 p/mile
Public Rapid45 p/kWh for 10%-80% charge£23.6016.4 p/mile

Based on these figures, the Citroen e-Dispatch’s fuel costs are 3-11 p/mile based on real-world energy usage, charging at home or on the public network. This increases to around 16p per mile when charging at rapid points, with the increased price reflecting the convenience to charge quickly.

In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost and public rapid charging tends to be around double the cost (per charge and per mile). These fuel costs compare favourably with 15-20 p/mile for conventional petrol and diesel cars.

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.

Charging a Citroen e-Dispatch at work

citroen e-dispatch van work charging

Charging at work is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge an electric van. Government grants are available for the installation of workplace EV charge points, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.

Most workplace chargers are either rated at 7 kW or 22 kW. The higher powered units typically cost more than the slower 7 kW option, but potentially cut the time required to fully charge an EV by up to a third – model depending.


Charging a Citroen e-Dispatch on public networks

citroen e-dispatch van public charging

The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. The major UK-wide networks include BP Chargemaster (Polar), Ecotricity, Pod Point, and Charge Your Car.

Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, some rapid units with contactless PAYG card readers are starting to be installed.

Although many EV charge points are free to use, the majority of fast and rapid chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit Zap-Map’s public charge point networks guides.

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