New 2021 Peugeot e-Partner electric van: specs, details and on-sale date

The new Peugeot e-Partner electric van is a sister model to the Citroen e-Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo-e; it goes on sale in late 2021

Peugeot e-Partner

The fully electric version of Peugeot's smallest van, the e-Partner, is set to go on sale in the second half of 2021. The e-Partner is one of a trio of compact electric vans from Stellantis Group brands all arriving at the same time, which also includes the Citroen e-Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo-e. The group hopes to offer a fully electrified range by 2025, but these models ensure that milestone will be reached for its light-commercial-vehicle line-up by the end of 2021.

Official performance figures are 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds and a top speed just exceeding 80mph. Three driving modes are available, with Power offering the highest power output, Normal limiting 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.

Sitting at the entry point to Peugeot's electric van range, below the mid-size e-Expert and large e-Boxer, the e-Partner shares technology with other small electric models from Stellantis Group brands, including the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot e-208 superminis, as well as the Vauxhall Mokka-ePeugeot e-2008 and DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE SUVs. That means a 50kWh battery size for an expected maximum driving range of 170 miles, along with a 134bhp electric motor.

As standard, the e-Partner has a 7.4kW on-board charger, but 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 to do the same. 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 are being offered – the 4.4-metre 'Standard' and the 4.75-metre 'Long' – as well as three-seat panel van and five-seat crew van configurations. Maximum towing capacity is 750kg and maximum payload is up to 800kg. The load volumes of up to 4.4 cubic metres (in the Long) and up to 3.8 cubic metres (in the Standard) is identical to those of the equivalent 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 suited for use on rough or poor-quality surfaces, are 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 Stellantis Group relatives, the Peugeot e-Partner rivals the second-generation Renault Kangoo E-TECH, the LEVC VN5 and the Nissan e-NV200.

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