Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular with businesses operating fleets, the money saved from the massively reduced fuel prices able to go towards other costs such as commercial vehicle insurance.
Now French car manufacturers Peugeot and Citroen are both due to showcase electric models of their small vans at the Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show in September.
Aimed predominantly at businesses to more effectively manage their low-emissions, the Peugeot Partner Electric and Citroen Electric Berlingo are based on their standard model counterparts, but with an electric drivetrain fitted under the bonnet.
Improved road handling and load space
With two lithium-ion battery packs with a capacity of 22.5kW/h installed under the van on either side of the rear axle, the designers say both road handling and useable load space will be better preserved.
Boasting a 49kW electric motor, this offers a 148lbft torque figure, available immediately from first acceleration.
Staying in line most electric vehicles, the vans are quiet with a single-speed gear reduction unit producing a steady acceleration with no gear shifts.
There is the option of two different battery charging modes – a regular charge in six to nine hours, located on the right hand wing of the vehicle, and a rapid charge (80% battery capacity in 30 mins) located on the left hand wing.
Eco Friendly in every way
Staying with the environmentally friendly feel, the vans feature an electric heating system to rapidly heat the cabin, with an ‘eco mode’ that maintains ventilation without using surplus electrical power.
There is also a kinetic energy recovery system that comes into use during deceleration and braking as well as an energy consumption indicator on the dashboard.
Available in the same two load lengths as the I/C models, both the Peugeot Partner Electric and Citroen Electric Berlingo are expected to go on sale in the UK in the first half of 2013.