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Electric Partner: the ideal city delivery van?

PEUGEOT has launched an electric-powered version of its Partner van which is due to go on sale in early 1998. The Partner Electric uses the same battery technology as Peugeot's other electric vehicles, most notably the 14 electric 106s operating with fleets through the Coventry Electric Vehicle Project.

The van's 27 nickel cadmium batteries generate 28kW at maximum output, compared to the 106's 20kW, and are good for a top speed of 60mph. The Partner Electric features exactly the same load space as the diesel version, and a 500kg payload makes it a viable inner-city load-lugger. It will be restricted to urban use due to its limited range of about 60 miles per nine-hour charge (although there is a fast charge facility).

In the UK Peugeot is in discussion with more than 40 local authorities about the use of electric vehicles to help them cut urban pollution, and feedback from the Coventry Electric Vehicle project has been positive.

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