The way the Partner Electric drives is, without doubt, its best feature. The Partner handles quite well as a diesel, but as is generallly the case, the low-mounted additional weight of a battery pack really helps to improve stability.
The suspension is still a little soft and you still have to put up with some wallow through corners, but this is hardly a vehicle for setting lap records anywhere, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
In addition, while the Partner's 74bhp diesel engine struggles to cope with heavy loads, the extra low-down torque of the Partner Electric pulls you along strongly enough from the moment you press the accelerator pedal.
True, it still looks seriously underpowered compared with the 108bhp e-NV200, but it feels sprightly next to the 59bhp Kangoo ZE.
While the Partner Electric has an official range of 106 miles, you should expect to achieve around 80 in real-world driving conditions.
Better news is that rapid-charging is included as standard, which means a brief top-up of around half an hour will charge the battery to around 80%. Charging from the mains takes eight to 10 hours.