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Peugeot has expanded its range of electric models with the unveiling of the practical new e-Rifter MPV.

Joining the battery-powered versions of the 208, 2008 and Traveller in the French firm’s EV range, the new e-Rifter brings an electric powertrain to this funky van-based MPV, which has been on sale with petrol and diesel engines since 2018.

Pairing a 50kWh battery with a 100kW (134bhp) electric motor, the model serves up 260Nm of torque that allows for a 0-60mph time of 11 seconds, along with an electric range of up to 171 miles.

It’s also equipped with 100kW rapid charging capability, which means a charge from flat to 80 per cent can take 30 minutes. Charged with a 7.4kW wallbox, Peugeot says the battery can be replenished in 7.5 hours.

Sharing underpinnings with the recently-unveiled Vauxhall Combo-e and upcoming electric Citroen Berlingo, drivers can choose between three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Power – which control the amount of power delivered to optimise range and performance. Two regenerative braking settings are also available.

Aside from the ‘e’ badging and revised alloy wheels there’s little to separate it from the regular model in terms of styling, while the cabin still benefits from Peugeot’s ‘i-Cockpit’ system, which sees an eight-inch touchscreen paired with an optional digital dials system. A dedicated ‘Electric’ menu is also provided so drivers can monitor efficiency.

Like the regular Rifter, there’s a choice of a ‘Standard’ or ‘Long’ model, which are 4.4m and 4.75m in length respectively. All versions are also available with five or seven seats, while low battery positioning means this electric model is just as practical as the standard MPV, with a boot measuring up to a mammoth 4,000 litres with the seats folded.

The e-Rifter also comes with a split tailgate, which allows the glass to be lifted separately from the boot, while a 750kg towing limit means it could tow small trailers.

Prices are yet to be announced for the e-Rifter, though Peugeot has said it will come in two trims – Allure Premium and GT. Standard kit includes rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels and an eight-inch touchscreen, with the GT adding larger alloy wheels, individually-sliding rear seats and more attractive styling. The e-Rifter is expected to arrive in showrooms before the end of the year.

Ted Welford

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February 16, 2021