You wait years for Peugeot to make one electric 7 seat MPV and then two come along at once! The larger e-Traveller is an excellent choice if you need to carry people (it packs 8 seats) and stuff, whilst the e-Rifter has 7 seats in a compact footprint.
In order to get 7 seats you need to specify the Long version which is still very compact at 4.75 metres in length. In common with all compact 7 seat MPV’s the key question is whether you just need to transport 7 people (which the e-Rifter can do no problem) or whether you need to move 7 people and their stuff, which is a problem because the third row of seats takes up nearly all of the boot.
Peugeot has taken the approach of designing conventional platforms to accept electric drivetrains rather than developing bespoke electric models. This has pros and cons but the good news in the e-Rifter is that there is no loss of practicality as all of the batteries are accommodated under the floor and if you like your EV’s to feel as normal as possible the Peugeot delivers. Arguably the biggest downside of this approach is the easy price comparison with ICE versions; the e-Rifter is more expensive to buy but you can at least achieve lower running costs.
At launch the now ubiquitous 50 kWh battery pack is the only option with a 134 bhp electric motor. This provides a good official range of 171 miles which is a decent chunk more than the larger e-Traveller with the same battery.
Recharging is handled via a standard 7 kW on-board AC charger (11 kw optional) which allows a full charge in under 8 hours, and the ability to DC charge at up to 100 kW. At an Ultra Rapid charger this means a 15% – 80% charge can be completed in 30 minutes which is useful given the moderate range. Of course you can also use the far more common 50 kW Rapid chargers, it will just take a bit longer.
Three driving modes are available to help eek out the range even further, Eco reduces power to 80 bhp and torque to 133 lb ft, Normal provides 107 bhp and 162 lb ft, whilst Power unlocks the full 134 bhp and 192 lb ft of torque. In addition two regenerative braking modes are available to maximise regen or mimic engine braking.
The e-Rifter delivers a more car like experience and a more stylish interior than rivals with a good range and useful 100 kW charge capability. It retains all of the seating options of the ICE Rifter so there is no difference in practicality. It is more expensive than ICE variants, but is a well priced electric MPV and a welcome addition to the market.
Estimated real world range: 140 – 171 miles
Official range: 148 miles
Official electricity consumption: Estimated 200 Wh/km
Battery pack: 50 kWh (gross) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty (>70% battery remaining)
Recharge time: 7 kW charge approx 7 hours 30 minutes; 11 kW charge approx 5 hours; Rapid CCS 50 kW 1 hour 10 mins (0 – 100%) 45 minutes (15-80%); Ultra Rapid CCS 100 kW 50 minutes (0 – 100%) 30 minutes (15-80%)
Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.