New Peugeot e-Rifter seven-seat electric car on the way

Sister model to Vauxhall Combo-e Life and Citroen e-Berlingo offers 171-mile range and five or seven-seat configurations

Peugeot e-Rifter

This is the Peugeot e-Rifter, the passenger-carrying version of the Peugeot e-Partner fully electric van and a sister model the Vauxhall Combo-e Life and forthcoming passenger version of the Citroen e-Berlingo. It's set to go on sale in the UK later in 2021, with exact pricing still to be announced.

Like the majority of smaller fully electric models from Stellantis Group brands, the e-Rifter is powered by a 134bhp electric motor, fed from a 50kWh battery. Range is up to 171 miles on a single charge, top speed is 83mph and 0-62mph takes 11.2 seconds.

Three driving modes and two regenerative braking modes are offered, giving drivers greater control over how the battery's energy is used and allowing them to maximise range when needed. Eco mode limits power to 80bhp for the most range, Normal mode caps output at 107bhp for everyday driving and Power mode frees up the maximum 134bhp for dealing with heavy loads or other demanding driving conditions.

Rapid charging at up to 100kW from public points is possible, which is sufficient for 0-80% top-up in 30 minutes. A 7.4kW on-board charger is fitted as standard for topping up overnight from a home wallbox in about seven and a half hours. For those with access to a three-phase electricity supply, the on-board charger can be upgraded to 11kW as an optional extra, reducing the wallbox charging time to around five hours.

In common with other van-based MPVs, the e-Rifter majors on practicality. Five and seven-seater configurations are available, and the model is rated for towing a braked trailer of up to 750kg. Standard or Long variants are available, the former 4.4 metres long and the latter measuring 4.75 metres.

Both are 1.9 metres high and have relatively tight 10.8-metre turning circle. Both body lengths can be specified with five or seven seats, and luggage space ranges from 775 litres in the five-seat Standard-length car with all seats in place to 4,000 litres in the seven-seat Long variant with all seats removed. The row of seats behind the driver and front-seat passenger incorporate 'Magic Flat' functionality, allowing them to be slid up or down the cabin, folded or fully removed as necessary.

Up front, Peugeot's 'i-Cockpit' digital interface features, with both driver and central-dashboard screens. There's an eight-inch touchscreen where navigation maps, electric drive information and your mirrored smartphone screen can be viewed. Charging can be programmed either from this screen or using a dedicated smartphone app.

Safety technology, either fitted as standard or available as an option, includes 'Grip Control' traction control for dealing with rough surfaces, hill-start assistance, a parking camera, lane-departure warning, collision alerts, automatic emergency braking, driver attention alerts, auto-dipping headlights, road-sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring and trailer stability control.

Two trim levels will be offered. Entry-level Allure Premium gets roof rails, an opening tailgate window and 16-inch aluminium wheels, while GT cars come with 17-inch aluminium wheels, GT styling elements and individual rear seats.