Update: Citroën will also be unveiling its Berlingo electric van at the Hanover Motor Show — the Electric Berlingo. As the Partner and the Berlingo come off the same PSA Peugeot Citroën production line are basically the same vehicle, expect both to be very similar to the vehicle described below.
Peugeot has confirmed the details of its upcoming Partner Electric van model.
The van will be shown for the first time at this month’s Hanover Motor Show and is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2013.
The Partner Electric will be equipped with 22.5kWh of battery capacity which will be fitted under the body of the vehicle, either side of the rear axle. This will leave the load space unchanged from the standard model and keep the centre of gravity as low as possible, improving handling.
Peugeot claim that the van’s range of 105 miles on the NEDC (European testing cycle) will be the best in class.
Up front, the van will be powered by an electric motor offering 49kW (67bhp) and 200Nm of torque. In common with an increasing number of electric vehicles, the Partner Electric will support two charging modes:
- Normal – 13A/16A connection and provide a full charge in 6-9 hours
- Fast Charge – 125A connection will charge to 80% capacity in 30 minutes
To help encourage energy-efficient driving, the Partner Electric will have a energy consumption and recovery indicator on the dashboard, alongside an extra gauge showing auxiliary consumption — the extra, non-motive power used by heating, air conditioning and other auxiliary systems.
Full range of sizes
Like most electric vehicles, the Partner Electric will recover energy during deceleration and active braking by turning kinetic energy into electric energy and topping up the battery; the reverse of what happens under acceleration.
Like the standard model, the Partner Electric will be available in a full range of sizes, including L1 and L2 wheelbases and crew cab models.