Peugeot opens order books for e-Rifter

New electric van-based people carrier available in two trims and two wheelbase lengths, on sale now and arriving in November

Peugeot has opened the order books for its new e-Rifter zero emissions van-based people carrier. It’s available in two trim levels, with prices starting from £30,375.

Customers can place orders from now, with first deliveries expected in November.

Unveiled earlier this year, the e-Rifter is built on Peugeot’s multi-energy EMP2 platform with a 100kw (136hp) electric powertrain capable of up to 260Nm of torque. It is powered by a 50kWh battery, allowing the vehicle to achieve up to 172 miles from a single charge under WLTP testing.

The e-Rifter is the latest launch in Peugeot’s electrification strategy, as the brand continues its work to offer an electrified variant for every vehicle in its range by 2025.

Two trim levels are available, the standard five-seater Allure Premium, starting at £30,375 and the five-seater GT variant from £32,455. Customers also have the option of a long wheelbase seven-seater Allure Premium, with prices from £32,375. All versions of the e-Rifter are priced below the £35,000 Government Plug in Grant Threshold.

The e-Rifter has three driving modes: Eco (60kW/180Nm), for optimising vehicle range, Normal (80kW/220Nm), ideal for daily use and Power (100kW/260Nm), to optimise vehicle performance. With a top speed limited to 83mph, the e-Rifter can accelerate from 0-62mph in 11.2-seconds.

To help drivers maximise range, the e-Rifter features regenerative braking modes when lifting off the throttle:

  • Moderate: This is similar to the feeling in normal internal combustion vehicles when lifting off the throttle
  • Increased: Accessed from the “B” button on the gearbox control unit, this increases the regenerative braking when lifting off the throttle.

The e-Rifter comes as standard with a 7.4kW single-phase on-board charger, and an 11kW three-phase on board charger is available as an option. A full charge via a 7.4kW Wallbox takes 7.5 hours, or five hours using the optional 11kW three-phase on board charger. The e-Rifter also supports rapid charging providing 0-80% power in just 30 minutes when using a 100kW rapid charger.

Standard models measure 4.4m long, and Long variants measure 4.75m, with all variants allowing for an external height of 1.9m and a turning circle of just 10.8m. The e-Rifter can tow up to 750kg and comes with trailer stability technology that reduces vehicle speed when it detects the trailer swerving.

Boot space in the e-Rifter ranges from 775 litres for the five-seat Standard length variants and up to 4,000-litres with the seats folded on the Long variant. Further storage compartments around the cabin of the e-Rifter provide up to 186 litres of additional capacity.

The new model comes with the latest infotainment features, including the digital i-Cockpit interior, available with a ten-inch digital instrument panel and a digital central display. The 10-inch central touchscreen gives drivers access to a dedicated ‘Electric’ menu where they can view live energy flows when driving, energy efficiency data and charge status. Drivers can also set delayed charging through the central touchscreen, while public charging points are highlighted in the navigation menu. The e-Rifter also comes fitted with full smartphone compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The e-Rifter is also fitted with driver assistance and safety features including:

  • Keyless Entry & Start (PEUGEOT Open & Go)
  • Advanced Grip Control with five grip levels (optional)
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Visiopark 180° (reversing camera)
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Automatic Collision Alert
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Automatic Smartbeam Assist
  • Speed Sign Recognition and Recommendation
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System (optional)
  • Trailer Stability Control System.

Customers can benefit from services dedicated to allowing an easy transition over to electrification. For instance, all customers buying a new full electric or Plug-in Hybrid vehicle are eligible for a six-month free subscription to BP Pulse – the UK’s largest public charging network.

Peugeot also offers a Mobility Pass, where customers can build into selected finance agreements an allowance for an alternative vehicle rental, for occasions where a different model might suit better. Customers can access information about their Mobility Pass through the MyPEUGEOT app.

There is also Peugeot Battery Warranty: All vehicles come with a certificate of battery capacity after each service to give owners a piece of mind, with the lithium-ion battery guaranteed by an eight-year/100,000-miles warranty for 70% of its original charge capacity.

The e-Rifter is available to order in-store from Peugeot retailers and via online.

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now the editor of our three commercial vehicle titles: The Van Expert, The Truck Expert and Commercial Vehicle Engineer.

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