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Mid-sized e-Expert to join a smaller e-Partner



PEUGEOT Australia is keen to follow the launch of the battery-powered e-Partner compact truck this week alongside the mid-size e-Expert.

According to Kieran Graddge, national aftermarket manager for Peugeot Australia, those who want an electric van won’t have to wait long to get their hands on a larger Peugeot product, with the e-Expert expected to arrive soon. next year.

It will likely have the same marketing strategy as its smaller e-Partner brother when it is sold alongside internal combustion engine variants while launching Down Under in 2024 as a follow-up to the version. the upcoming electric version of the 2008 small SUV and the return of the 208 lightweight hatch in electric-only form.

Mr. Gradedge revealed that, after assessing the market, the all-electric e-Expert van was given priority to Australia.

“We will have more electric vehicles here soon, starting with the e-2008 SUV and then the e-208 light car with an electric LCV being rolled out,” he told GoAuto.

“The E-2008 will be out before the end of the year and the e-208 will be here after that in 2024 and we are looking at getting the mid-size van e-Expert here in a similar timeframe. .”

In Australia, the e-Expert will have more competition than the smaller e-Partner, which currently has only one model up against it: Renault’s ZE Kangoo.

e-Expert will go head-to-head with all-electric models from Ford (E-Transit), Mercedes-Benz (eVito) and LDV (eDeliver 9), etc. Electric mid-size trucks are expected from the brands. Others include Volkswagen, Renault, Iveco and a host of Chinese manufacturers.

Expert diesel versions start at $43,397 plus on-road costs in Australia and, in addition to the aging Chinese-made LDV G10 and V80, are in the more affordable segment of the price range. The price is lower than VW’s Transporter starting price but about $7000 less than the Ford Transit, from $3,000 less than the Hyundai Staria and about $5500 less than the Renault Trafic’s starting point.

That pricing regime lends itself well to e-Expert, which is arguably one of the most affordable mid-size BEVs available here.

Peugeot Australia will wait for RHD to have the mid-life e-Expert upgrade available to ensure the model is as up-to-date as possible for the local market.

The revised model’s appearance is said to be updated along with other changes and inclusions, a focus on the interior, a new digital instrument panel, a large touchscreen display and a new steering wheel. The underfloor battery pack is said to have been upgraded to increase range and charge faster.

Like the e-Partner, the e-Expert is based on Peugeot’s EMP2 platform, with a front-wheel drive configuration and a battery pack under the luggage compartment floor.

The model uses the same 100kW/260Nm single electric traction motor as the smaller e-Partner and is currently available overseas with a choice of 50 and 75kWh batteries, the latter capable of reaching the claimed 330km WLTP range. .

An upgraded segment from the e-Partner, the e-Expert is sold in Europe in three sizes, Compact, Standard and Long Wheelbase, all of which offer the same weight and payload dimensions as the other models. equivalent ICE form.

The larger truck also boasts significantly more towing capacity and payload of 1000kg and 1275kg respectively compared to the smaller truck’s 750kg.

Regarding the demise of ICE-powered LCVs, Peugeot Australia chief executive Kate Gillis said the brand “will not turn away from ICE vehicles as we will continue to offer them alongside electric models in the coming years. future”.

“Stellantis has parallel development programs across electric powertrains and ICE as it is committed to offering choice to all its customers.

“LCVs are an important part of our product line, and we will look to offer more options to our customers, many of whom want to downsize their vehicles or don’t want a ute. ,” she said.

Peugeot’s light commercials are very popular in Europe, with strong sales across all powertrain types and size segments, and Peugeot Australia is keen to mimic Europe’s LCV results here. , leading to product line expansion.

The French carmaker was one of the first to introduce light commercial trucks in 1895 with the Peugeot Type 12. Essentially a motorized wagon, this vehicle captivated the eyes of the crowd. Buyer is looking for a versatile utility vehicle.

The concept continued over the next 125 years with more innovative LCVs such as the 163 from the 1920s and the 1950s dashboard van, possibly the first of its kind.

That innovation is currently focused on new energy vehicles (NEVs) that include hydrogen but especially those powered by electric and all-electric drive trains.

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