French automaker Peugeot has unveiled its latest fully electric model, the e-Rifter van, adding to its growing list of electric vans that include the e-Expert commercial van, e-Traveller passenger van, and e-Boxer large commercial van.
The new e-Rifter is the latest electric van to be based on the Stellantis EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) multi-energy modular platform, and the group PSA’s Vauxhall Combo-e and the Citroen e-Berlingo both utilise the same battery and drivetrain technology.
Boasting a range of up to 280-kilometres (WLTP) and available in both standard and long lengths with up to 7 seats, the e-Rifter offers a boot with up to 1,050-litres of storage and a towing capacity of 750-kilograms.
Powered by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery driving a 100% electric engine generating maximum power of 100kW and maximum torque of 260Nm, the e-Rifter is able to hit a mixmum speed of 135km/h and achieve 0 to 100km/h in 11.2 seconds.
A range of charging options are available for the 50kWh battery, including charging from a standard socket which takes 31 hours, 15 hours from a reinforced socket, 7.5 hours from a 7.4kW Wall Box with the single-phase onboard charger or 5 hours from an 11kW Wall Box with the 3-phase 11kW onboard charger.
The e-Rifter can also be charged from a fast charger, allowing charging from a 100kW charger which reaches 80% charge in 30 minutes.
Built with three driving modes – Eco, Normal, and Power – the e-Rifter also offers tow braking modes with suitable types of battery regeneration.
Peugeot highlighted a range of other cosmetic and interior details, including the new digital Peugeot i-Cockpit which offers two new handsets, offering a 10-inch high-definition digital panel or a standard analogue handset.
Expected to be sold in Europe in the second half of 2021, there is no indication when or if we’ll be seeing the e-Rifter in Australia anytime soon.