The UK’s light commercial vehicle market is making a hasty retreat from its reliance on diesel vans. After capturing both the inaugural What Van? Electric Van of the Year Award and the overall What Van? Van of the Year Award, Peugeot’s e-Expert is giving a clear indication of the way forward.
Positioned in the biggest-volume market sector, and sharing the tried and tested refinement and load-carrying volume of its diesel-powered sibling, the e-Expert is poised to establish electric vans in the mainstream.
The e-Expert, which was unveiled in 2020, is Peugeot’s latest electric model. The brand plans to offer a full electric variant across its entire LCV line-up by the end of 2021.
With a range of up to 205 miles from a single charge, the e-Expert is available with either a 50kWh or 75kWh battery and features a 100kW (136hp) electric motor.
Supporting up to 100kW rapid charging, the plug-in van can achieve 0–80% charge in just 30 minutes. The e-Expert can also be charged from a wallbox or a domestic socket.
The e-Expert comes with up to 6.6m3 of load space and a maximum payload of 1,226kg.
Three body styles are available: Compact, Standard and Long. Compact is only available with the smaller battery, Long is only available with the large battery, while the Standard model can be specified with either. In addition, the e-Expert is available as a crew van.
Three trim levels are available – S, Professional and Asphalt. The e-Expert S includes DAB radio with Bluetooth, cruise control with speed limiter, remote central locking with deadlocking, daytime running lights, a full steel bulkhead and emergency assistance.
Stepping up to Professional adds equipment including a 7in touchscreen, Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, and a coffee break alert every two hours, along
with the Moduwork dual passenger bench seat, which includes fold-up outer seats, a fold-down writing table in the centre seat back and added storage features.
Further equipment with Asphalt trim includes satnav, a head-up display, lane departure warning, speed limit recognition, a 180-degree rear parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, and autonomous emergency braking.
The e-Expert was not the only model in Peugeot’s LCV range to score highly with the What Van? judges. The Partner Van was awarded the Compact Van of the Year prize alongside the Citroën Berlingo, Vauxhall Combo and Toyota Proace City with which it shares a platform.
Julie David, managing director of Peugeot UK, said: “The Peugeot LCV range is on a winning streak and we’re delighted to add the trio of What Van? awards to the cabinet. Our mix of practicality, comfort and efficiency is proving to be a great hit with customers and industry experts. It is always great to see any of our models receive such high praise, but for our first electric van offering to be named What Van? Van of the Year is a particularly humbling achievement.”
The Partner includes rear parking sensors as standard on all trim levels and features the innovative Peugeot i-Cockpit with a head-up display and compact steering wheel, DAB radio, remote central locking with deadlocks, automatic headlights and daylight running lights. With four trim options to choose from – S, Grip, Professional and Asphalt – the Partner comes with a 1,009kg maximum payload and up to 4.4m3 load volume.