📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ June 11, 2020 _____________________________________________________
➤ Estimated price £38,400 (tbc, incl. £3,000 PiG), on sale later this year.
The all-electric version of Peugeot’s van-based eight-seater Traveller offers a 143-mile range and is available in two lengths. Rapid charging allows 80% charge in 30 minutes.
The popular diesel Peugeot Traveller MPV launched in early 2017 is to be joined later this year by an all-electric e-Traveller model. Peugeot’s largest passenger vehicle will be capable of up to 143 (WLTP) miles on a charge in fully electric form, while carrying up to eight people and their luggage. It’ll go on sale in the next few months, with prices to be confirmed nearer the time.
The Peugeot e-Traveller is powered by a 50kWh battery. It returns a sedate 13.1 seconds to do 0-62mph, mostly because it’s a large vehicle. Top speed is 80mph which is fine for most passenger-shuttling services.
Charging from a regular plug socket takes 31 hours but the standard-fit 7.4kW charger reduces this to 7.5 hours, so the e-Traveller could easily be charged overnight. Opting for the 11kW charger reduces the time by 2.5 hours and rapid-charging will top the battery up to 80% in just 30 minutes, which is impressive.
There are three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Power, and you can choose from ‘Moderate’ or ‘Emphasised’ settings for the brake regeneration. The latter is achieved by choosing the ‘B’ selection on the gear change.
Like Peugeot’s other all-electric cars – the e-208 hatch and e-2008 compact SUV – the e-Traveller wears blue-tinted logos, an exclusive grille and a new badge. The charging port is located on the front left wing.
Inside, the van origins of the e-Traveller are evident, but the people-shifter offers kit such as dual-zone climate control, connected satnav, an electric parking brake and a colour head-up display. This shows information about power consumption, how much energy the heating and air con are using, and a battery level gauge. The satnav, meanwhile, allows you to locate charging points, and you can also preheat the cabin from the touchscreen.
Two body lengths are available to UK buyers – Standard (4.95m long) and Long (5.3m). Both can be specified with anything from two to eight seats, and the Long variant is said to offer a huge 1,500 litres of boot space even with all eight seats in place. Remove either or both of rows two or three and the capacity increases to 3,000 or 4,900 litres respectively. Many electric cars are unsuitable for towing but the e-Traveller is able to tug up to 1,000kg.