Peugeot e-Expert electric van gets 205-mile range
The Peugeot e-Expert has been launched with a choice of battery sizes, three load lengths and a range of up to 205 miles. It goes on sale in the second half of 2020, with prices set to be revealed closer to the van’s launch date.
Like other pure-electric and plug-in hybrid vans, the e-Expert has been created with urban users in mind, in the context of increasing pollution legislation and low-emissions zones implementation in cities. The e-Expert is a sister model to the already-revealed Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Citroen e-Dispatch, and joins the smaller Partner and larger Boxer in Peugeot’s zero-emissions commercial vehicle line-up.
At first glance, the e-Expert is almost indistinguishable from its diesel counterpart. Apart from the charging port on the front wing, blue-tinted badging and unique grille, the electric van is visually identical. Inside, the instrument display has been tweaked to show things like energy flow and consumption, battery level, and an on-board computer detailing trip information and remaining range.
Battery, range and charging
Like its Vauxhall and Citroen cousins, the e-Expert will be offered with a choice of batteries. The first is a 50kWh unit, which Peugeot claims will return 143 miles' range on the WLTP cycle. That’s an increase of almost 20 miles on the maker’s initial predictions announced when the van was revealed late last year. There’s also a 75kWh version, which can do up to 205 miles on the same cycle – again, a jump of almost 20 miles on previous estimates.
Depending on specification, the e-Expert can charge in as little as five hours from a home wallbox (e-Expert 50kWh using an 11kW charger) – and can achieve an 80% charge in 30 minutes using a 100kW public rapid charge point. The larger-battery van will charge in seven hours and 30 minutes (11kW) and 45 minutes (100kW) respectively.
Performance and drive modes
Buyers can optimise the van’s range by using the various drive modes. Eco limits power for maximum mileage, while Normal is recommended for everyday use. The final setting is labeled Power, and prioritises performance “when transporting heavy loads”.
Peugeot claims the e-Expert will do 0-62mph 13.1 seconds (in Power mode) and has a top speed of 80mph. The van also projects an audible signal at speeds of less than 18mph, to warn pedestrians of its presence.
Price, specifications and on-sale date
While UK specifications have yet to be confirmed, it’s likely that all models will come with a touchscreen infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as ‘connected’ navigation with online services.
Prices have also not yet been confirmed, but it’s safe to suggest the e-Expert will cost more than the diesel version of the van. We expect a starting price of around £30,000, with the bigger battery and longer models costing even more.
The e-Expert will not only sit alongside the Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Citroen e-Dispatch, but will join Peugeot’s ever-expanding electrified car range, which currently includes the e-208 hatchback and e-2008 SUV, as well as plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the 508 fastback and 508 SW estate, as well as the 3008 SUV.