PEUGEOT e-Expert Van / Electric “expert” for your business

Today, probably no one doubts that the future will belong to alternative drives. And the electric drive is the first one that actually reaches mass use. While passenger cars have undergone a huge development in the last three years and today it is no longer a problem to take an electric car on holiday in Europe, the situation in the field of commercial electric cars was not long ago desperate and from the few models that could be found, you definitely did not sit on the bottom , and if so, only when looking at their price. These were always specialized models with a lot of compromises. The need for this category of electric cars has grown over the past two years, when the volume of online orders for goods that needed to be transported increased significantly due to pandemic measures.

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Peugeot was one of the first to bring a utility electric car tailored to the needs of a wider range of customers, with sufficient range and fast charging, which ensures its better use during the day even on unexpected longer routes. PEUGEOT e-Expert Furgon is built on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform) modular platform, designed for different types of drive.

The electric drive is based on the one used by the passenger models PEUGEOT e-208 and PEUGEOT e-2008. However, the reduction gearbox is modified, with a shorter gear, in order to better meet the demands of driving with a load in commercial vehicles. It is offered with two levels of range, 230 km with a battery with a capacity of 50 kWh or 330 km with a battery with a capacity of 75 kWh. The maximum power is 100 kW and the torque is 260 Nm, i.e. the same values ​​as for passenger models. However, thanks to other gears, the maximum speed is limited to 130 km/h. The vehicle can tow a trailer weighing 1000 kg and carry a payload of 1275 kg. It comes in three lengths, while the shortest Compact can only be equipped with a 50 kWh battery. Both the Standard and tested Long versions can also be equipped with a 75 kWh battery. In our longest version, the cargo space has a volume of 6.6 m thanks to the location of the battery under the floor3i.e. the same as the combustion version.

In addition to the tested Furgon version with a completely sheet metal rear part, there is also a Combi version with the option of installing one row of seats and glazing the front and rear windows of the cargo area. The right door at the back is sliding, the back door is a classic double-leaf door. An interesting feature is the opening cover in the cargo area in place of the right seats, thanks to which you can transport objects up to 4 m long.

As far as the technological equipment is concerned, it is relatively good for the delivery conditions. At least the classic cruise control will please, even if, somewhat illogically, it cannot automatically engage increased recuperation when decelerating. Therefore, when using it, it is good to use position B, which increases recuperation. Thanks to this, when turning on the cruise control, for example in front of a village, it will also slow down to the desired speed. In position D, the cruise control slows down after switching on, but it does so more by inertia, so for example when entering a village it may take longer and it may cost you a speeding fine. The instrument panel is simple and understandable. It combines four mechanical indicators and an on-board computer display in the middle. Unfortunately, you won’t find the battery SOC display in percentage anywhere, only the range in km is displayed and the battery indicator is only a pointer. When charging, only the charging indicator in km/h is displayed. The central display has simple and understandable graphics and also supports the connection of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although, unfortunately, only via a USB cable. In this context, it’s a bit of a shame that the designers didn’t think about it, and if you have a mobile connected, the cable will stick out into the space. However, this is a common problem in other cars as well. When driving, three driving modes are available: Eco, Normal and Power, in which the maximum power of 60, 80 or 100 kW is used. In normal mode D, only basic recuperation is included, which has a minimal braking effect. Increased recuperation can be included in the already mentioned position B. However, of course, recuperation is also used during normal braking, the mechanical brakes only kick in during hard braking, or in the final phase during braking.

The vehicle supports 100 kW DC charging and the built-in (optional) charger is three-phase with an output of 11 kW, so even if you need to charge on the go, you will definitely not be delayed. However, PEUGEOT e-Expert has no ambitions to replace a classic van on long routes. Here, from the point of view of use, combustion engines are still more suitable. Its territory will be primarily cities and districts. It is here that you will make the most of the advantages of the electric drive, such as operation without emissions and noise or low operating costs. It is also worth noting that electric cars have no gearbox or clutch, so frequent starts and stops in the city for deliveries or deliveries are not a problem for them and it is also easier for the driver. In addition, starting and braking can be very smooth, so there is no problem even with transporting fragile goods. Thanks to this, e-Expert will be an excellent choice for various delivery services, supply, but also for companies with the need for regular deliveries of goods to establishments. It will also be used for the needs of craftsmen or services, where low operating costs are especially valued.

The driving characteristics are not very different from the combustion version, the main difference is faster starts and reaction to the gas. Within the city, the vehicle can be driven with a consumption of 17.5-19.5 kWh/100 km, in the districts you will move around 20-22 kWh/100 km. That is a very good consumption for such a car. With full load, consumption is slightly higher, but still fits in the 22-24 kWh/100 km range. When driving on the highway, you will reach 27-29 kWh/100 km. When charging at home or at a company during the night, your costs per 100 km will be around 2.4-2.6 euros, which you will have a hard time competing with a classic van. This is even more true with the current increase in fuel prices.

In any case, the PEUGEOT e-Expert is a very interesting vehicle that will surely find its target group. It offers an excellent range (in the test we reached 342 km in the districts without a load), the same cargo space as the combustion version and low operating costs.

TESTY:

  • Test consumption (kWh/100 km): 23
  • Test range (km): 345
  • AC charging power on 11 kW 3f charger (kW): 11.6
  • AC charging power on 22 kW 3f charger (kW): 11.6
  • Max. DC charging power, 50 kW charger (kW): 51
  • Charging time 10-80% (min): 85
  • Max. DC charging power UFC charger 350 kW (kW):103
  • Charging time 10-80% (min): 32

Specifications:

Battery capacity 75 kWh, usable 68 kWh, front drive, engine power 100 kW, 260 Nm, DC charging max. 100 kW, AC 11 kW 3f, CCS socket, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h 11.9 s, max. speed 130 km/h, WLTP range 330 km

PROS, CONS:

+ Fast charging, high-quality chassis, driving characteristics, economy of operation
– Nothing important

Model price from: EUR 37,720*
Tested vehicle: EUR 38,720* (*without VAT)

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Source: Nextech by www.nextech.sk.

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