Peugeot e-Rifter Vanderer: the camper with electric drive in the test

Smaller is better: Instead of small vans the size of a VW bus, the handy campervan fun today starts with the high-roof station wagons, which are not only appreciated by families as everyday cars.


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Market newcomer Vanderer implements the trend towards multifunctional minimalism in a particularly well thought-out and consistent manner and in doing so goes well beyond what conventional camping boxes for high-roof station wagons offer. The Vanderer is now available as a fully electric version – which was not just born out of necessity.

This is the Peugeot e-Rifter Vanderer

Since the beginning of the year, Peugeot has only been supplying the Rifter with an electric drive – just like the sister models Citroën Berlingo and Opel Combo. The Peugeot is always a bit more expensive, but more stylishly equipped – and the exterior optics radiate some outdoor character with the plastic protective surfaces on the flanks and wheel arches.

Peugeot e Rifter Vanderer

Room with a view: the tent bellows of the pop-up sleeping roof can be opened.

The longer variant called L2 is of course better suited for campers. At 4.75 meters, it is also no longer than a mid-range station wagon, with a turning circle of 11.5 meters it is still handy enough for the city, and with an external height of less than 1.90 meters it can easily be garaged – and is therefore well suited as an everyday car.

The 136 hp electric motor is in the front, and the 50 kWh battery is under the floor of the car. The actual surcharge for the e-drive compared to the comparable diesel with 130 hp – which is only available as a stock vehicle – is 12,000 euros, which can, however, be offset against the e-car purchase premium.

Peugeot e Rifter Vanderer

The kitchen block scores with a pull-out and integrated table – and you can sit around the corner.

This applies in a similar way to Berlingo and Combo. Only the fourth in the group, the Toyota Proace City, still has two petrol and diesel engines in the program.

Compact city delivery vans with electric drives make perfect sense. But with a campervan you usually drive much further than just around three corners in the city. That’s why we always have a little trouble with e-campers.

But if anything, then minimization still makes the most sense: After all, such a compact outdoor van is not for the big annual vacation anyway – but it can replace the everyday car.

The e-Rifter Vanderer has that

The Kempten “Vanderer” – an artificial word from Van and Wanderer – are proud of the self-developed pop-up roof with at least 114 cm sleeping width and point-elastic mattress base springing.

The multi-part extension consists of three removable modules: a kitchen unit with rear pull-out, induction hob and fold-out tabletop, which can be electrically height-adjusted at the touch of a finger; a folding bench seat on the left with sink box including water supply; and a combination piece of furniture that serves as a foldable bench seat and storage box.


Consumption; Range (WLTP)



Charging time (AC 3-phase/DC 100 kW)



empty weight ready to drive/payload



Trailer load (braked/unbraked)



Lifting roof lying surface L x W



Base price (with base vehicle Allure)


sheet steel/GRP/sheet steel

1 induction plate, 1 gas burner (mobile)

12 V/xx Ah (mobile power box)

3 screw cartridges/none

The whole thing can be extremely cleverly folded and folded up so that the three standard individual rear seats remain in the car and can be used as needed. However, the folded part then blocks the direct rear view from the rear window – bearable thanks to the rear camera.

The storage space isn’t really ample; one is happy about the separate storage box. It stands between the two blocks of furniture during the journey, when camping either outside or under the kitchen block, which has been raised to a comfortable working height.

This is how the e-Rifter Vanderer drives

Quite decent! Typically French: the artificial steering feel and the respectable suspension comfort. Typically electric: the spontaneous response to the accelerator pedal and the smooth, jerk-free and quiet acceleration.

There are three driving programs – Eco, Normal and Power; at a moderate speed you can get along just fine with the 81 Eco-hp. At Tempo 135 is over – that’s enough.

Peugeot e Rifter Vanderer

Cleverly done: The Peugeot e-Rifter Vanderer is full of great ideas.

In the higher equipment version GT, Peugeot donated a digital cockpit with detailed information about power use and battery status; the integrated navigation system helps to find the nearest charging station.

The 50 kWh battery provides a range of 266 km

According to the WLTP standard, the basic vehicle can cover a distance of 266 kilometers with its 50 kWh battery with a consumption of 20.9 kWh/100 km. In practice, you will schedule a charging break every 200 kilometers.

Even at fast charging stations, you can only charge with a maximum of 100 kW; it takes half an hour to charge up to 80 percent before you can drive about 200 kilometers again.

No, an electric camper is not really suitable for kilometer eaters who want to rush from Berlin to the Mediterranean Sea in one go. More for leisure travelers who like to take a break every two hours anyway.

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Peugeot e-Rifter Vanderer: driving report

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