This section promises a selection of 7 seat MPV’s, but Peugeot has over delivered by giving us 8! Yes the e-Traveller has 8 seats as standard 2 in the front, 3 in the middle row, and 3 in the third row. The triple rows also slide forward and back, are split fold, and can be removed completely for the full ‘van’ effect.
You can specify either standard (4.9 m) or long (5.3 m) versions, with all of the extra length accommodated behind the rear axle you are choosing between boot space rather than seating options, so the choice should be pretty easy. If you plan to keep all the seats in place and fill them, the bigger configuration gives you a better chance of getting all of the associated stuff in too.
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-Traveller 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-Traveller 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 sensible official range of 148 miles, but there is a bigger battery on the way if you do need more range.
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.
The e-Traveller offers a mid priced 8 seater MPV with a sensible range and useful 100 kW charge capability. It retains all of the seating options of the ICE Traveller and the option of a long body 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: 100 – 148 miles
Official range: 148 miles
Official electricity consumption: 230 – 282 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; 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.