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Peugeot Partner Electric Offers Longest Range, Largest Capacity

By EV World Staff

PSA Peugeot Citroen will put its new, all-electric Partner small service van on sale the second quarter of 2013, and when they do, it will offer, they contend, the longest range and largest cargo capacity of its class.

"The Partner Electric is aimed at all business users wishing to reduce their environmental footprint and the expense of their fuel bill."

The French automaker unveiled its new, all-electric Partner service van at the Brussels Motor Show this January. Nearly identical in every way to its ICE-age siblings, it offers the same volume of cargo space found in both the L1 (3.3 cu. m) and L2 (3.7 cu m) gasoline versions. Able to accommodate three passengers, the right seat can be folded down to handle even longer parcels, adding an additional 400L (14 cu. ft) of capacity and between 3 m (L1) to 4.1 m (L2) in total cargo length. The center seat also folds down to create usable work desk for the driver.

The 22.5kW battery pack, which is integrated under the cargo deck, can deliver up to 170 km (105 mi) of 'ECO' driving range, during which time the heating and cooling systems are deactivated. Top speed on the 49kW (67 hp) vehicle is limited to 110 km/h (68 mph) and recharge time using 3-phase 380V fast charge stations can bring the battery up to 50% state-of-charge (SOC) in 20 minutes and 80% in 30 minutes. Normal charging using single-phase 230V power will take between 7 and 8.5 hours. The battery pack is warranted for 5 years or 30,000 miles, Peugeot is considering offering leases on the battery in France and Germany.

Peugeot estimates that depending on local electricity pricing, operating the Partner Electric will cost between €0.9 and €2.0 per 100 km (62 miles). That is comparable in USA terms, to between 2¢ and 4¢ per mile.

The Partner Electric also introduces what Peugeot calls its 'dual energy recovery' system, which incorporates both braking and deceleration regeneration. Let off the accelerator or step on the brake and the electric motor instantly converts into a generator that used the vehicles mass and kinetic energy to generate electricity used to recharge the battery. First found on electric drive system develop over a decade ago by California-based AC Propulsion, more and more electric car manufacturers are incorporating this active regen system, and operators are finding that they don't have to replace brake pads or discs as often, further reducing operating costs.

Peugeot has not yet announced pricing, but France does offer significant incentives which should make the Partner Electric competitive with its gasoline--powered counterparts.

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Originally published: 10 Jan 2013

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