Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Pug Vans

Peugeot is unveiling an electric version of its Partner small van at this month’s Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show.

With this vehicle Peugeot says businesses will be able to more effectively serve the increasing numbers of low-emissions zones appearing in cities.

The Electric is based on the normal Partner, but with an electric drivetrain fitted under the bonnet.
Two high-energy lithium-ion battery packs with a capacity of 22.5kW/h are installed under the van on either side of the rear axle, which the designers say preserves both the Partner’s road handling and useable load space.

The electric motor is of 49kW, equating to 67bhp, and offers a 148lbft torque figure, instantly available from first acceleration.

A single-speed gear reduction unit is fitted, producing a constant acceleration with no gear shifts, and carried out with the lack of sound that is a characteristic of electric vehicles.

There are two battery charging modes – a normal charge (up to 16A) in six to nine hours and a fast charge (up to 125A) to 80 per cent battery capacity in only 30 minutes.

The normal charging flap is located on the right hand front wing of the vehicle, while the fast charge socket takes the place of the fuel filler flap on the left hand rear wing.

Peugeot quotes a range of 105 miles on the European cycle (NEDC), which is highly competitive with rival electric vehicles.

Other features include an energy consumption/recovery indicator on the dash, helping the driver adopt an economical driving style. A gauge also shows the amount of energy used by the heating and air conditioning systems while the trip computer displays the remaining range.

The electric heating system is designed to rapidly warm the cabin and has an ‘eco mode’ that maintains ventilation without using excessive electrical power, improving the range.

Further help comes from a kinetic energy recovery system that works during deceleration and braking.
The Partner Electric will be offered in the same two load lengths as its traditionally-propelled sister and is likely to be available in the UK in early 2013.

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