2020 Peugeot e-Traveller electric eight-seater minibus revealed
Peugeot has revealed its new electric MPV, the e-Traveller. An electric version of the Peugeot Expert-based Traveller people-mover, the new minibus will be available in a choice of seating arrangements and wheelbases.
A companion model to the e-Expert panel van, the e-Traveller is aimed at other electric van-based MPVs, including the forthcoming Volkswagen ABT e-Caravelle and Mercedes eVito Tourer. The Peugeot e-Traveller is set to go on sale in the second half of 2020.
Built on the PSA Group’s familiar EMP2 platform – as found under the Citroen C5 Aircross and Peugeot 3008 – the e-Traveller is powered by a 100kW (134bhp) electric motor that’s fed by a 50kWh battery under the floor. Peugeot claims a driving range of 143 miles.
Two on-board chargers are offered: a standard 7.4kW unit and an optional 11kW one. Peugeot says a charge from a domestic socket will take 31 hours, while a 7.4kW wallbox will cut that to seven hours and 30 minutes. The 11kW charger can manage a five-hour charge from a wallbox, while rapid-charging capability means connecting to a 100kW charger will get you to 80% in just 30 minutes.
On the move, the e-Traveller can be operated in one of three modes. Eco cuts power to 80bhp in the name of maximised range, Normal operates at 107bhp as a compromise between range and performance.
Power allows access to the full 134bhp and 260Nm of torque, for maximum hill-climbing and overtaking capability. Two braking modes are also included – Moderate and Emphasised – with the latter increasing the ‘engine braking’ effect when not pressing the accelerator.
To the untrained eye, the e-Traveller looks much like the standard car, but there are some detail changes inside and out. The electric model gets its own design of 'lion' badges and grille and, perhaps most tellingly, a charging-port cover on the front left wing.
Inside, most changes are related directly to the car’s electric powertrain: a head-up display and revised graphics on the central infotainment screen allow for monitoring of charge, range and other parameters, while Peugeot’s e-Toggle replaces the conventional gear selector. There are separate buttons to select driving and braking modes, too. An electric parking brake is standard, freeing up interior space.
The e-Traveller can be had in Standard and Long bodystyles, measuring 4.95 and 5.3 metres long respectively. Depending on size, the car can carry up to eight people, paired with a 1,500-litre boot with all seats in place – or with all seats removed, a massive 4,900 litres.
Just two trim levels are offered – Active and Allure. Exact UK specifications are yet to be determined, but available features will include integrated sun blinds, rear-seat aviation-style entertainment screens, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity and a suite of active driver-assistance and safety systems.