Peugeot e-Traveller Targets Urban Ride-Share

Peugeot has unveiled its urban shared-mobility solution in what some may think a bit of a speculative punt for a post-coronavirus world.

Studies have suggested commuters are more likely to avoid ride-share and public transport options in the return to some normality over health concerns. Yet, now the French automaker has decided to unveil the BEV passenger carrying version of its Expert LCV, dubbed the e-Traveller and is ased on the EMP2 (efficient modular platform) multi-energy modular platform.

This boasts a maximum range between charges of 143 miles on the WLTP rating while using a 50kWh battery pack claiming a maximum power of 134bhp and a maximum torque of 191ft-lbs. In its Power performance mode, it claims a 0-62mph sprint of 13.1 seconds and a top speed of 80mph.

Two types of on-board chargers are available, a 7.4 kW single-phase charger as standard, or an 11 kW three-phase charger available as an option. Charging times include 31 hours from a standard domestic socket, seven and a half hours from a 7.4 kW charge point and five hours from an 11 kW charge point. From a public rapid charge terminal the 100 kW chargers will allow 80% charge in 30 minutes.

The vehicle offers three driving modes from the mode selector including Eco, using 80bhp and 132ft-lbs torque, for optimal range; Normal, with 107bhp and 154ft-lbs, for everyday use plus the Power option.

It also allows some dirt track ability using the automaker’s with Grip Control system, a reinforced drive that adapts to loose traction terrain. The driver can select, via a dial on the dashboard, the traction mode required, including Snow, All-Travel, Sand and ESC off.

In town, up to 18mph, to ensure pedestrian safety, an audible signal is heard to indicate the presence of the vehicle in forward and reverse. The battery is guaranteed for eight years or 100,000 miles for 70% of its charge capacity. The Peugeot e-Traveller will be sold in Europe in the second half of 2020.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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