With the dawning era of modernized light commercial vehicles, the French automaker embarked on a strategy focused on distinctive car design, online services, everyday comfort and 100% electric motors. Representatives of this trend are the battery-powered e-Partner, e-Expert and e-Boxer models, however, there are also their modernized combustion colleagues without an “e” in the name.
e-Partner a Partner
The (e)Partner model in gray, white, black and blue received an innovative mask, bumper and headlights with the symbolism of three lion claws. The wheels are also new, but so is the redesigned interior brought out in the familiar i-Cockpit style, which includes a modified truncated steering wheel, a 10-inch central multimedia screen and a digital instrument panel.
Other equipment features include a wireless mobile phone charger, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto with wireless compatibility, adaptive cruise control, reinforced seat upholstery and other assistance systems. A pleasant novelty is the rear parking camera supplemented by a second one, located under the passenger’s exterior mirror, so the driver can see where he would not normally have a chance to see.
The driving heart is an electric motor with a power of 136 hp and a torque of 270 Nm, which can be operated in three different driving modes (eco, normal, power). The maximum speed of a car newly equipped with a heat pump is 130 km/h, and it can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 11.2 seconds. In addition, three levels of regenerative braking are available.
The improved electric Partner should travel up to 330 km on a single charge, which would mean a shift of 50 km compared to the current version. The traction battery with a capacity of 50 kWh is again stored in the floor, therefore it does not reduce the volume of the cargo space, which reaches up to 4.4 m3. The payload is then up to 780 kg and the towing force is 750 kg.
Charging via a wallbox with a basic 7.4 kW on-board charger takes approximately 7.5 hours, or approximately 5 hours if you choose an additional 11 kW on-board charger. The on-board architecture handles fast charging with a power of up to 100 kW, when under optimal conditions the car can be charged from zero to 80% in about half an hour.
In addition to the electric drive, the vehicle is also equipped with combustion engines paired with manual transmissions – a 110-horsepower three-cylinder 1.2-liter gasoline or a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel with 100 or 130 horsepower, with the fact that a more powerful version can also be had with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The compact (e)Partner is available in four versions, namely a van and a station wagon in standard (440 cm) and extended (475 cm) lengths.
e-Expert a Expert
Offered in light grey, titanium grey, black and white, the Expert mid-size minivan boasts a redesigned bumper and grille, a new brand logo, new wheels and improved full-LED headlights with a design signature referencing Peugeot.
The steering wheel and instrument panel received a redesign, and a large 10-inch display of the info system was added to the list of extras. Storage spaces have also increased, especially in the upper part of the dashboard and on the center console. The equipment also includes wireless Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility, a wireless mobile phone charger, a dual camera system (rear and right mirror) and a package of assistance systems.
The electric Expert with a height of no more than 190 cm can travel up to 224/350 km on a single charge (current model max. 229/328 km). The battery with a usable capacity of 50/75 kWh is again in the floor, so the load space volume of up to 6.6 m is preserved3with a payload of up to 1,263 kg and a towing capacity of 1,000 kg.
The e-Expert model has an electric motor with 136 hp and 260 Nm. The maximum speed is 130 km/h. There are also three driving modes (eco, normal, power) and three recovery levels. The basic on-board charger will offer a power of 7.4 kW, while the optional one will offer 11 kW.
This is also related to the charging time, when you spend about 38 minutes waiting from zero to 80% at a 100 kW fast charging station, or about 45 minutes for a larger battery. All this under the assumption of optimal conditions.
From a classic wallbox using an 11kW on-board charger, depending on the size of the battery, the car will be fully charged in approximately 5 hours / 7.5 hours, while with the basic charger it will take approximately 6 hours and 40 minutes, i.e. 11 hours and 20 minutes for a battery with a capacity 75 kWh.
As part of the electric drive, you might also be interested in the combined battery-hydrogen version with a range of up to 400 km. However, there are also 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesels tuned to 120, 145, and 180 hp, paired with a manual six-cylinder (120 hp and 145 hp) or an automatic eight-cylinder (145 hp optional, 180 hp standard).
The (e)Expert utility vehicle comes in a standard (498 cm) or extended version (533 cm) as a van, station wagon, minivan or flatbed with a cabin.
e-Boxer a Boxer
The largest representative of the utility family received a more aerodynamic bumper, mirrors and radiator grille, which also has automatically controlled internal flaps regulating the air flow. The taillights are redesigned, while the front full-LED lights are completely new. In addition, there is also a modernized emblem of the French lion.
You can also find news inside, where a newly designed steering wheel, dashboard, seat upholstery and door panels have their place. Electric parking brake, electric power steering with variable effect, keyless entry and start, digital instrument panel, 10-inch multimedia display with wireless Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, wireless phone charging, second-level autonomous driving and other assistance systems are also interesting.
The electric Boxer offers an electric motor with a power of 270 hp and a torque of 400 Nm, which thanks to the battery with a capacity of 110 kWh ensures a range of up to 430 km (+206 km compared to the current one). Top speed is 130 km/h, payload up to 1,500 kg. There are also three driving modes (eco, normal, power) and four levels of regenerative braking.
The model has an on-board charger of 11 kW as standard and can take up to 150 kW at a fast charging station, which means that it will take approximately 55 minutes to charge from zero to 80%. A full charge from the wallbox from scratch then takes around 11 hours and 45 minutes.
The car will offer two wheelbases (345 cm and 404 cm), two lengths (L2 and L4) and four different shapes with a useful volume from 13 to 17 m3. Single-cabin and double-cabin chassis lengths L3 and L4 are suitable for superstructures.
For fans of the classics, the 2.2-liter four-cylinder engines with outputs of 120, 140 and 180 hp, which are connected to a manual six-cylinder engine, will come in handy. Apart from the weakest, the other power units can be combined with a completely new eight-speed automatic.
By introducing these modernized models, the French Peugeot is fulfilling its vision of offering every model in an electric version by 2025 and to be a fully electric brand in Europe by 2030. Hydrogen drive will be further developed for commercial vehicles, the potential of which is gradually increasing for work cars. Other brands of the Stellantis concern – Citroën, Fiat and Opel – also presented their variants of these models.