Stellantis is increasingly driving the electrification of the group brands. As part of this, Peugeot is now adopting the combustion engine variants of the Rifter, Traveler and Expert station wagon models. From now on, the three vehicles are only available as electric vehicles.
Citroën, Opel and Peugeot are now only offering some van models throughout Europe as pure electric vehicles. While at Opel the conventionally powered versions of the Combo Life, the Zafira Life and the Vivaro Kombi have to believe it, Citroën says goodbye to the combustion engine with the Berlingo and the Spacetourer. And at the Stellantis subsidiary Peugeot? It applies to the compact family van Rifter, the larger Traveler and the Transporter Expert Kombi.
"Peugeot is already a pioneer in the field of electromobility: 75 percent of our passenger cars and 100 percent of our light commercial vehicles are already available with an electrified powertrain. In 2021, every sixth vehicle sold by Peugeot in Europe was electrified, in November it was already every fifth Vehicle from Peugeot," says Linda Jackson, Global CEO of the brand, in the press release on the combustion engine end of the three models. This shows that Peugeot has the right offer for customers. According to Jackson, the demand for electrified vehicles is constantly growing. So it's no wonder that the French are increasingly switching to electric.
The three vehicles that can now only be ordered with an electric drive are all based on the EMP2 platform. The drive is provided by a 136 hp electric motor. The e-Rifter offers space for five or up to seven people and gets its juice from a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery, with which the compact family van is supposed to cover up to 280 kilometers according to WLTP. The e-Traveller, which can transport up to nine people, is available in three lengths and with two different batteries (50 or 75 kWh). If you choose the larger energy bunker here, Peugeot promises a range of 330 kilometers. The Transporter e-Expert Kombi offers similar capacities. The manufacturer also offers this with a 50 or optionally with a 75 kWh battery.
Transporter with hydrogen power
By the way: In addition to purely battery-electric drives, Peugeot has already heralded the next generation of commercial vehicle electrification. In December 2021, the first e-Expert Hydrogen rolled off the assembly line. This is almost identical in construction to the Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen , which has the same technology. The model features a fuel cell system that combines four hydrogen tanks with a plug-in battery. According to Peugeot, the technology makes it possible to charge an electric vehicle at a hydrogen filling station in just 3 minutes. The range of the e-Expert Hydrogen is said to be 400 kilometers, but the model cannot yet be ordered.
Peugeot is now only offering the Rifter, Traveler and Expert Kombi models with battery-electric drive. The brand, together with Citroën and Opel, who are also adopting some combustion engine versions, is setting another example in the course of Stellantis electrification.