Mercedes EQV rival based on e-Expert will launch this year with a 230km range and 129km/h top speed.
Peugeot has introduced a new all-electric version of its Traveller van-based MPV; one of a small number of eight-seat EVs available anywhere. While a rival for the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQV, don’t expect it to land in Australia anytime soon.
The e-Traveller follows on from the mechanically identical e-Expert panel van, with the same front-mounted electric motor as the Peugeot e-208. It puts out 100kW and 260Nm, enough for a 0-100km/h time of 13.1sec and a top speed of 129km/h.
The 50kWh battery allows a range of up to 230km on the WLTP cycle. Two types of on-board charger are offered – a single-phase 7.4kW unit and an optional three-phase 11kW unit – but the e-Traveller can be charged at up to 100kW via a suitable public charger, allowing for an 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Like the standard Traveller, the e-Traveller can be specified in both long- and short-wheelbase forms: a 4.95m Standard model and a 5.3m Long version. Up to eight passengers can be carried, leaving 1500 litres of boot space, with that figure extending to 4900 litres when the rearmost two rows of seats are removed. The batteries underneath the floor do not impact on interior space, and the e-Expert’s 1000kg towing is preserved.
Specific styling changes for the e-Traveller, other than the obvious charging flap, include a specific grille and e-Traveller badging. Inside, the instruments, touchscreen and head-up display are all altered to show EV specific graphics and data.
Three driving modes allow different power levels, with ‘Eco’ restricting the car to 60kW and ‘Power’ allowing the full 100kW. Adjustable regenerative braking also features.
Other EV-specific features include pre-conditioning for the air-con and heating, available on certain versions. The battery is guaranteed for eight years and 160,000 km for 70% of its charge capacity.
Peugeot Australia has so far been cool on its electrification plans for the future and the technology inside the e-Traveller is most likely to arrive here first in models such as the Peugeot e-208 hatch.