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Peugeot to introduce Expert EV

PSA is taking up the (battery-powered) torch in electric vans with an expansion of its EV commercial range.
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PSA Group will introduce a battery-electric version of its mid-sized cargo vans, the Peugeot Expert, Citroen Jumpy and Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro.

Automotive News reports the vans, which use PSA’s EMP2 platform, will be available with two different levels of electric range. Base models will have a 50kWh battery with a range of 200km under WLTP standards. An available 75kWh battery will have a range of 300km.

Toyota also sells a version of the badge-engineered PSA trio, the ProAce, which is sold only in the European market. The company has already announced it’ll introduce an electric ProAce next year.

Peugeot is aiming to have electric versions of its entire light commercial range by 2021, which means Citroen and Opel/Vauxhall will likely follow suit.

PSA currently sells electric versions of the previous-generation Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner twins alongside ICE-powered versions of the new generation. Electric models of the new generation are expected to launch soon.

Earlier this year, PSA also debuted electric versions of its full-size Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay twins. It still hasn’t released technical details of the vans’ electric drivetrain but they’ll achieve an electric range of 227km on the (more lenient) NEDC drive cycle for short-bodied models and 272km for longer-bodied models.

The new EV vans will rival Renault’s new full-size electric van, the Renault Master Z.E.

The expansion of its electric van range will help PSA counter market leader Renault. The rival automaker’s Kangoo Z.E. (pictured above) has 46 per cent of the electric van market in Europe.

However, even the Kangoo Z.E. is outsold considerably by its internal-combustion-powered (ICE) counterpart – Renault sold 73,123 Kangoos in Europe last year but only 8,800 of the electric version.

Price-conscious commercial buyers are likely the reason for the disparity, as the cheapest Z.E. costs €5650 (A$9190) more than the cheapest Kangoo.

Renault hasn’t yet announced an electric version of its mid-sized Trafic van, a direct rival to the Peugeot Expert et al. By offering three different sizes of electric van, PSA will – on paper at least – have the edge over Renault. In the first half of this year, PSA Group was the overall market leader in the European LCV market.

Only Renault sells an electric van in Australia, however, with the Kangoo Z.E.

Though diesel remains dominant, electric vans are becoming increasingly common in Europe as the tide – or, rather, regulatory environment – turns against oil-burners. According to Bloomberg, over 24 cities will ban diesel vehicles over the next decade.