Peugeot has introduced an all-electric version of its Partner van. Imaginatively named the Partner Electric, the zero-emissions load lugger will be available to buyers in the second quarter of 2013.

Two lithium-ion batteries, placed on either side of the rear axle under the body, feed a synchronous permanent magnet electric motor to produce 67 hp and 200 Nm of twist from zero revs. Transmission is a single-speed gear reduction unit.

A full charge takes six to nine hours, but drivers who are pressed for time can do a fast charge which brings battery capacity to 80% in half an hour. Energy is regenerated during braking and deceleration to help preserve its 170 km driving range.

The Partner Electric can be had in two lengths – L1 is the 4.38 metre variant which provides a 3.3 cubic metre load volume while L2, the 4.63 metre variant, holds 3.7 cubic metres.

The Multi-flex bench seat can seat three up front, and with all seats folded except the driver’s, load volume jumps to 3.7 cubic metres for L1 and 4.1 cubic metres for L2. Both have a payload of up to 685 kg, which Peugeot claims is the best in its category.

The equipment list includes ESP and hill start assist.