Peugeot will be unveiling its battery-powered Partner at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, prior to going on sale in the UK in 2013. Presumably PSA partner Citroën will also be offering an electric Berlingo, its version of the same van.
Renault already markets the Kangoo Z.E. and Nissan’s e-NV200 will join the ranks of zero emission vans from mainstream manufacturers next year which means that 2013 could see the start of real electric van acceptance. There will be a real choice for operators with suitable duty cycles.
This will not be the first time Peugeot has sold an electric van, however. The first generation Partner was available in limited numbers with battery power, but it was never marketed to any great extent.
The battery-powered model will form the centrepiece of a display of Partners highlighting the mild front-end makeover for the 2012 model year and the availability of reduced carbon e-HDi ‘micro-hybrid’ diesels across the range. In addition, Peugeot is also introducing ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) models which feature Grip Control. They remain two-wheel drive, but use the ESP system to provide enhanced traction in various, selectable, driving conditions.
Expert will also be in evidence with Grip Control and sporting a front-end facelift, along with the availability of a six-speed automatic transmission for the first time, in tandem with the 163hp 2.0HDi engine. To facilitate conversion to a four-wheel drive vehicle, a new option appears in the form of 4x4 pre-equipment and a connection unit for bodybuilders.
Last, but not least, the stand will also play host to a couple of Boxers; one a standard van, the other a Dropside to emphasise the availability of conversions based on the extensive range of chassis cabs.
Visitors to the Peugeot stand suffering from digital withdrawal can make use of free WiFi in the separate hospitality area.