Top 5 EV News Peugeot e-Traveller to take on Mercedes EQV
By Wynand Goosen | Jun 05, 2020
Peugeot this week launched its answer to the Mercedes EQV electric MPV. The Peugeot e-Traveller seven-seater is one of a few pure electric MPVs to compete with the Mercedes EQV in the segment. The e-Traveller, albeit underpowered compared to the EQV, fills a gap in the market for tour operators and corporates that wish to go electric in its people carrying fleets.
The Peugeot e-Traveller is available in two range options and three chassis lengths. The long-range e-Traveller, with a 75kWh battery, can travel 330km (205 miles) as measured on the WLTP testing cycle, while the smaller 50kWh battery option delivers 230km (143miles). The chassis comes in a Compact (4,609mm), Standard (4,959mm), or a Long (5,306mm ) variant. Customers can choose between a VIP or two or three sliding benches, which provide seating options from five to nine people. The VIP model has only four independent seats facing each other in a lounge style.
The e-Traveller electric shuttle has no shortage of privacy with its over-tinted (70% opacity) and extra-tined (90% opacity) windows. The VIP Business model trim (6 or 7 seats) offers three-zone air conditioning and a concealable blackout glass roof. The Combispace trim (5 to 8 seats) for families provides flexibility with its removable and sliding seats. The second row has aviation screens. The rear window can be opened if the tailgate can’t.
The Peugeot e-Traveller is equipped with a reinforced drive system with Grip Control, for traveling off the beaten track. The traction mode on the dashboard can set the Grip Control traction mode for snow, all-terrain, ESP, or sand. Information is integrated and shared in the Peugeot e-Traveller through a central screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto protocols can connect with the MPV through ts MirrorScreen Compatibility.
It is fantastic that we are allowed more choice in the different segments, and not be limited to a few electric vehicles, which sometimes would not have been our first choice if more options existed, boding well for EV adoption. No pricing or an exact sales date is available yet for the Peugeot e-Traveller, which will be available before the end of 2020.