In a phased launch programme within Groupe PSA, Peugeot has introduced its all-new e-Expert van to follow the launch of the Opel Vivaro-e. Similarly, with a 100% electric motor, the e-Expert offers two different ranges, three body lengths, up to 1000kg towing capacity and payloads of up to 1275kg. Thoroughly versatile, with a large load volume, on-board technology and sharp design, the all-new Peugeot e-Expert offers no compromise with zero emissions.
More than 195,000 versions of the current Expert, which went on sale in 2016, have been produced, proving it to be an international commercial success. The compact van segment in Europe represents more than 750,000 vehicles per year, and the Expert has been increasing its market share every year since its launch in 2016. Recently upgraded to Euro 6D with a range adapted to the specific professional uses, the Expert now offers a 100% electric version.
Nearly 80% of commercial vehicle drivers travel, on average, less than 200 km per day, making the all-new e-Expert the ideal choice. In addition, town centres are become increasingly restricted, with some only allowing 100% electric vehicle access. This fully electric version has kept the advantages of the Expert, including the Compact version which is unique in this segment and particularly suited to narrow streets and congested city centres.
Suitable for multiple uses, the e-Expert can even undergo conversions by coachbuilders, in particular those based on the cabin floor (e.g. refrigeration cell).
The all-new Peugeot e-Expert offers three driving settings from the mode selector:
- Eco (60 kW) : for optimising range
- Normal (80 kW) : suited for everyday use,
- Power (100 kW) : optimises performance when transporting heavy loads
Two braking modes are available:
- Emphasised (accessible from push “B”, for “Brake” located on the gearbox control), for increased deceleration when the accelerator pedal is released
All versions of the all-new PEUGEOT e-Expert are equipped with the electric parking brake, a new feature on this model which maximizes floor space.
The instrument display evolves sharing key EV information:
- A power-metre displaying consumption levels (ECO, POWER, CHARGE)
- A consumption gauge for heating and air conditioning
- A battery power level gauge
- A colour matrix to display energy flow, charge (current or delayed), on-board computer information and range
Based on the PSA EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) multi-energy modular platform, the e-Expert offers a 100% electric motor with a maximum power of 100 kW and a maximum torque of 260 Nm.
The performances (in POWER mode) are as follows:
- The maximum speed is 130 km/h
- 0 to 100 km/h in 13.1 s
- The 1000m standing start in 35.8 s
The all-new PEUGEOT e-Expert is the first Peugeot electric vehicle to offer two battery capacity options, the 50 kWh and 75 kWh. Compact and Standard are available with the 50 kWh battery, with a range of up to 230 km according to the WLTP certification protocol. Standard and Long can also be equipped with a 75 kWh battery with a range of up to 330 km, according to the same WLTP protocol.
Two types of on-board chargers are available, to suit all uses and all customer charging solutions, with a 7.4 kW single-phase charger as standard and an optional 11 kW three-phase charger.
The all-new PEUGEOT e-Expert is available in the same versions as the internal combustion engines, with the same towing capacity of up to 1000kg, but has a specially calibrated power steering system, with a turning circle diameter of 11.3m(Compact version between kerbs) and a height limit of 1.9m (depending on the version) which guarantees access to most car parks.
The payload volumes are the same as those of the internal combustion engines and the payloads, adapted to the 100% electric engine, up to 1275 kg. Itwill go on sale in Europe in the second half of 2020, with production taking place in France, near Valenciennes.