Looking for an electric van that combines electric tech with a dash of retro style? Then check out Eive, a new reimagining of the classic Citroën 2CV Fourgonette.
The electric reimagining of the long-running commercial vehicle – which was one of the most popular vans in France for decades – has been developed and built by The 2CV Shop, a Wiltshire-based outfit that has already developed an ‘electromod’ Citroën 2CEV. But while that is sold as a kit package to convert existing 2CV models, the Eive is different: despite the retro styling, it's a new build machine.
The 2CV Shop says that it will hand assemble the Eive machines mostly from new components, which will allow for a high degree of customisation: buyers can pick from left- or right-hand drive, whether to have side and rear windows or not and any colour of paint.
The Eive will be powered by a 20kW motor that offers 88.5lb ft of torque and a top speed of 60mph. There is a choice of battery sizes, starting with a 10kWh unit that offers a real-world range of around 60 miles. The larger battery will double that to around 120 miles.
The machine is supplied with a three-pin domestic plug charger, which can charge the 10kWh battery from 10-90% in around 2.5 hours. The firm can also supply an adaptor so that the Eive can be plugged into a Type 2 connector.
The 2CV Shop says that Eive will hand-built in very small numbers, which should help make it an unusual and distinctive last-mile delivery vehicle. It will be priced from £29,995 plus VAT, with deliveries due to begin in the middle of 2023. Test drives are now available from The 2CV Shop’s Warminster base.