Peugeot Ireland has confirmed that we can expect to see a new electric van, the Peugeot e-Expert, in Ireland before the end of 2020.
Based on the successful Expert light commercial vehicle (LCV), the new e-Expert will be available in 3 lengths. Driving range will depend on which model is specified as there are two battery capacities available. Towing capability is up to 1000 kg and payload is up to 1275 kg. Despite the electric powertrain, the loading volume is the same as the internal combustion version.
What’s the market for the new Peugeot e-Expert?
With zero emissions, the Peugeot e-Expert is one of a wave of new electric LCVs that will be ideal for urban deliveries and the zero emissions cities of the future. Peugeot says the e-Expert is capable of meeting business needs for many customers: craftsman (florists, plumbers, electricians, etc.), companies concerned with their eco-responsible image and government bodies (hospitals, local authorities, etc.) who are looking for a zero-emission vehicle to transport goods between sites. For more specific uses, van conversions are also possible.
The compact van segment market in Europe represents more than 750,000 vehicles per year. The e-Expert will build on the success of Peugeot’s van, which has been increasing its market share every year since its launch in 2016. This model has already recently been upgraded to Euro 6D standards. It’s available in the Compact version too, which is unique in this segment and particularly suited to narrow streets and congested city centres.
Inside there is an analogue handset with colour matrix, specific graphics for the central touch screen with TomTom Traffic 3D connected Navigation, which now includes available charging points and range based on remaining battery life, a new “e-Toggle” automatic gearbox control, a drive mode selector switch to switch between Eco, Normal or Power mode and an electric parking brake.
Battery, Charging and Range
Based on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) multi-energy modular platform, new e-Expert will use an electric drive train similar to the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008. But it’s the brand’s first electric vehicle to offer a choice of two different driving ranges. Compact, Standard and Long versions are available with the 50 kWh lithium-ion battery capacity and allow a range of up to 230 km according to WLTP. The Standard and Long versions are also available with a 75 kWh battery with a capacity of up to 330 km. The battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km for 70% of its charge capacity.
A 7.4 kW single phase charger comes as standard, while there will be an optional 11 kW three-phase charger. On the public charge network, 100 kW charging is possible where available to reach 80% charge in 30 min (50 kWh battery) or 45 min (75 kWh battery). With the 11 kW Wall Box, full charge is possible in 5 hours (50 kWh battery) or 7.5 hours (75kWh battery). From a 7.4 kW Wall Box, full charge is possible in 7.5 hours (50 kWh battery) or just over 11 hours (75kWh battery). It’s possible to programme the charge from the MyPeugeot® smartphone application, depending on version. This system also makes it possible to start or defer charging at any time and to check the state of charge.
The new Peugeot e-Expert will be on sale in Ireland in the second half of 2020. The Peugeot brand is moving to electrification with a raft of new models including the new e-208, e-2008 and 3008 and 508 plug-in hybrids.