Peugeot Partner van goes electric

Peugeot is marrying the practicality of its Partner van range with its electric technology to create the new Partner electric.

The new electric van was first unveiled at the Hanover Motor Show earlier this month and it is expected to bridge the gap between van practicality and zero emissions.

As it is based on the standard Partner platform, the electric Partner van offers two body lengths: L1, which is 4.38m, and L2, which is 4.63m. Coupled with its load length of 1.80m, the Partner electric offers the largest load volume in the small van segment.

The new electric Partner uses two high-energy lithium-ion batteries, matched with an electric motor which delivers 49kW of power (67bhp) and 200Nm of torque. With this electric powertrain, the Partner electric can travel up to 105 miles off a single charge.

A Dual energy recovery system is also fitted that helps convert kinetic energy into electrical energy during deceleration.

Although the new Partner electric offers zero emissions, comfort and interior quality does not lack. In the front, there is a three person Multi-flex bench seat, delivering comfort for passengers and ultimately creating more storage space.

It also features an energy consumption display on its dashboard, which aids drivers in driving in the most economical way possible.

Other usual van features include Electronic Stability System (ESP) as standard, as well as Hill Start Assist – which will prove useful when manoeuvring large payloads.

The Peugeot Partner electric is expected to be released in the second quarter of 2013.

Pricing and specification for the Peugeot Partner electric will be announced closer to its release date.

Peugeot vehicles are available from Perrys Peugeot dealerships.