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The new Peugeot e-Partner is to join the Citroen e-Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo-e in the PSA Group’s 2021 electric-van rollout
Peugeot has revealed the new electric version of its smallest van, the e-Partner, which will go on sale in the second half of 2021. Along with sister models the Citroen e-Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo-e, it’s part of parent company PSA Group’s wider aim to offer a fully electrified range by 2025, with its light commercial line-up reaching that milestone by 2021.
The e-Partner is the third and smallest Peugeot zero-emissions van, sitting below the mid-size e-Expert and large e-Boxer. It shares its mechanical underpinnings with other small electric PSA vehicles, including the Peugeot e-2008 and DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE SUVs. That means a 50kWh battery for an anticipated driving range of up to 170 miles, along with a 134bhp electric motor.
Claimed performance figures are 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds and a top speed of just over 80mph. Three driving modes are available, with Power offering the maximum power output, Normal restricting the van to 107bhp for a balance of power and range and Eco pegging it back to 80bhp in order to maximise range. The strength of the regenerative braking system can also be adjusted to the driver’s preference.
As standard, the e-Partner has a 7.4kW on-board charger, and this is upgradeable to 11kW (suitable for use with three-phase electricity supplies) as an option. A full charge from a standard domestic socket will take 15 hours, while a 7.4kW wallbox will take seven-and-a-half hours. Using a three-phase 11kW wallbox cuts the time further to five hours, while rapid charging from a 100kW public point can deliver an 80% top-up in 30 minutes.
Two body lengths will be offered – the 4.4-metre ‘Standard’ and the 4.75-metre ‘Long’ – as well as three-seat van and five-seat crew van configurations. Maximum towing capacity is 750kg and payload is up to 800kg. The load volume of up to 4.4 cubic metres in the Long and 3.8 cubic metres in the Standard is identical to that of the current diesel-engined Partners. Up front, a 10-inch digital touchscreen can be fitted as an option. Pro and Premium trim levels, as well as a ‘Grip’ version optimised for use on rough or poor-quality surfaces, will be offered.
As with the Citroen e-Berlingo, the Peugeot e-Partner is a long-overdue replacement for a dated outgoing model that went off sale in 2019. This was based on an ageing platform and had a real-world range of only 70 miles or so; the latest-generation model is a big step forward. As well as competing directly with its PSA relatives, the Peugeot e-Partner rivals the second-generation Renault Kangoo Z.E and the new LEVC VN5.