Peugeot announced it will commercialize an electric version of its popular Partner light commercial vehicle (LCV).

Launching this 100-percent electric version allows Peugeot to offer business users a Partner range with power units suitable for all kinds of use.

According to Peugeot, the new Partner Electric offers responsible mobility and unequalled ease of driving, without making any compromises in the strengths that constitute the success of the Partner: modularity and practicality that are a benchmark, as well as a load volume among the best in the segment.

The Prologue, presented for the first time at the Hanover Motor Show this month, heralds the launch of the Partner Electric, which will happen during the 2nd quarter of 2013.

The new Partner Electric allows access to low emissions restricted zones, without having to make a compromise on practicality and driving pleasure.

The Partner Electric operates on two high-energy lithium-ion battery packs with a capacity of 22.5 kwh. Fitted to the under body of the vehicle, on both sides of the rear axle, they preserve the Partner’s road handling behavior as well as the useable dimensions of the load space.

The Partner Electric has, according to Peugeot, a high performance and compact electric motor of the permanent magnet, synchronous type. This motor has a power of 49 kwh (67 bhp) and torque of 200Nm, available instantly. Associated with a constant single speed gear reduction unit, the result is a sensation of brio and flexibility as soon as the vehicle moves off and during all phases off acceleration − without the need to change gear.

To make it suitable for all types of daily use, the Partner Electric benefits from two charging modes for its battery: a normal charge (up to 16 amps) in 6 to 9 hours and a fast charge (up to 125 amps) allowing recovery of 80 percent of the capacity of the batteries 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 quarter panel.

This motor / batteries combination will allow the Partner Electric to have a range of 105 miles on the European cycle (NEDC).

Like many electric vehicles, the Partner Electric is equipped with dual energy recovery: The system recovers energy during deceleration but also during active braking, converting kinetic energy into electrical energy.

The Partner will have a 100 percent electric heating system providing rapid warming of the cabin. It also benefits from an ‘eco mode’ that maintains ventilation in the cabin without excessive consumption of electrical power, in this way preserving the range of the vehicle.

The Partner Electric will be available in two length and, like its fuel-powered counterpart, will offer the Multi-flex bench seat that can accommodate three people at the front.

Peugeot mentioned the Partner Electric is the result of the cooperative agreement for the development of an electric drive train suitable for LCVs reached with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in 2010.