Peugeot e-Partner Review: Joie De Vivre With Three-In-A-Row
For business owners, going electric with their fleet of commercial vehicles is an enticing proposition. There are possibly less running costs to grapple with, which is all-important in this era of high inflation.
The Peugeot e-Partner is the newest entrant to the market and we got to give it a quick shakedown. Based on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) platform which is used by a litany of Stellantis group cars, the PEUGEOT e-PARTNER has a maximum power of 136 bhp and a maximum torque of 260 Nm.
Why choose an electric commercial vehicle like the Peugeot e-Partner?
It makes a huge amount of sense. Firstly, there’s instantaneous torque, which is useful for hauling load. Secondly, businesses are likely to incur less running costs, with electricity costs cheaper than fuel at the moment. Lastly, deliveries to low emission zone (LEZ) urban centres may be cheaper as well if they tax pollutive ICE vehicles. With distance-based ERP charging becoming a reality soon, this may become a relevant topic on our roads sooner than we think.
What is the range of the Peugeot e-Partner?
Officially, up to 245 km. We started with an indicated range of 280 km and after our 3 day test drive, we found the official estimate to be very accurate.
How long does it take to charge a Peugeot e-Partner?
Where time is of the essence, a slow charging speed may limit an EV commercial vehicle’s usefulness. However, using the fastest available DC 100kW charger, charging time for the e-Partner from 0 to 80% takes just 30 minutes. That’s pretty useful for a vehicle that will be plying the road often for business use.
Is the Peugeot e-Partner reliable?
With a simplified powertrain with less moving parts than an ICE vehicle, we’d hazard a guess that it will be fairly reliable.
Is the Peugeot e-Partner a small van?
It has cargo space of 3,255 litres, which is slightly more than a short wheelbase VW Caddy. A key selling point is its three-in-a-row seating, which is unusual in a segment that usually only has two seats.
Photos by James Wong
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