Peugeot has expanded its electric van range with the launch of the e-Partner, with a range of up to 171 miles and comparable load capacity to its diesel equivalent.
The e-Partner joins the e-Expert in Peugeot’s zero-emissions van line-up and is the latest milestone in the manufacturer’s commitment to provide a fully electrified range by 2023 and completes its aim of offering a full range of electric vans by the end of this year.
It joins the Partner range, which has sold more than 2 million units across 100 countries since it was launched in 1996.
The e-Partner is based on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) multi-energy modular platform and features a 50kWh lithium-ion battery connected to a 100kW (136hp) electric motor.
It is capable of speeds of up to 80mph and goes from 0-60mph in 11.2s with a maximum torque of 260Nm. It can also reach up to 171 miles from a single charge under WLTP testing.
The e-Partner is available with two types of on-board chargers, a 7.4kW single-phase charger as standard and an optional 11kW three-phase charger. The e-Partner can achieve full power in five hours through an 11kW Wall Box, or an 80% charge in just 30 minutes via a 100kW DC rapid charger.
There are three driving modes available to drivers:
- Eco (60kW, 190Nm): ideal for optimising vehicle range
- Normal (80kW, 210Nm): optimal for everyday use
- Power (100kW, 260Nm): optimises performance and suited best for transporting heavy loads.
Drivers also have access to two braking modes, ‘moderate’ or ‘augmented’, to maximise battery regeneration.
The e-Partner will be available in two trim levels: Professional and Asphalt. A Crew Van version will also be available in the Professional trim level, which can transport up to five occupants.
Inside, the e-Partner has a maximum load capacity of up to 4.4m3 – the same as its diesel equivalent, thanks to the battery being located underneath the floor. It also has a maximum payload of up to 800kg, and towing capacity up to 750kg. Two wheelbase versions are available, ‘Standard’ at 4.40m and ‘Long’ with 4.75m. It has a turning circle of 10.8m for Standard variants and a height of less than 1.90m.
The Multi-flex modular folding 3-seater bench also allows drivers to increase storage capacity, with load space increasing up to 500 litres inside the cabin, via storage space under the centre seat cushion and a load through bulkhead.
Inside the cockpit, drivers have the award-winning i-Cockpit as standard, which includes functions such as the ‘e-Toggle’ gearbox control, which allows drivers to switch between park, reverse, neutral, drive and two regenerative brake functions. There is also a separate switch for the three driving modes and a storage space to charge smartphones.
Drivers can access vehicle information on the instrument display via steering wheel controls, including navigation, power management and the option to switch between different driving aids.
In addition, drivers can receive the latest real time traffic alerts via TomTom’s LIVE services, as well as the location and availability of public charging points.
For enhanced pedestrian safety, when travelling at speeds of up to 18mph, an audible signal can be heard to indicate the presence of the vehicle in forward and reverse gear. All versions of the e-Partner are equipped with an electric parking brake.
Julie David, managing director of Peugeot UK, said: “The Peugeot Partner has been one of our most popular commercial vehicle models, and we can’t wait to see how the new electric variant will be received alongside the e-Expert. I look forward to seeing the new Peugeot e-Partner out on the road, continuing our electric revolution.”
The e-Partner will be available in the UK from November. Prices will be announced closer to the launch date.