Peugeot is working as hard as its clients who buy LCV cars. The new PEUGEOT e-Expert Hydrogen has become the latest model to fulfill PEUGEOT’s “power of choice” promise, which gives customers the option to choose a powertrain best suited to their needs without compromising on capability. As PEUGEOT’s first fuel cell vehicle, the e-Expert Hydrogen outlines the brand’s ambitions to offer an electrified vehicle across its entire range by 2025.
The 100% electric battery-powered PEUGEOT e-Expert was introduced in 2020 and voted International Van of the Year the following year, the sixth PEUGEOT vehicle to win the award since 1992.
Based on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform), the new PEUGEOT e-Expert Hydrogen is a fully electric vehicle, combining two on-board sources.
A hydrogen fuel cell, located in the engine compartment at the front of the vehicle and supplies electricity to the electric engine by recombining the hydrogen contained in the tank with oxygen from the air. It emits only water vapour through the exhaust pipe.
A permanent magnet electric motor with a maximum power of 100 kW, delivers 260 Nm of maximum torque. Located on the front axle, this electric drivetrain is similar to that of the PEUGEOT e-Expert.
Powered by the innovative “mid-power plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric” system, the PEUGEOT e-Expert Hydrogen can fill up with hydrogen in three minutes and is fitted with a 10.5 kWh battery that helps power the electric motor. The e-Expert Hydrogen has a zero-emissions range of more than 245-miles.
The on-board three-phase 11 kW charger ensures the PEUGEOT e-Expert Hydrogen can be fully charged in less than one hour from an 11kW Wall Box (32A), in three hours from a reinforced socket (16A), or in six hours from a standard socket (8A).
At start-up and a low speed, the high-voltage battery alone provides the electric engine with the power it needs for traction. At a steady speed, the fuel cell supplies the energy directly to the electric engine. During acceleration, overtaking or hill climbing, the fuel cell and the high-voltage battery are combined to supply energy to the electric engine, and during braking and deceleration, the electric engine recharges the high-voltage battery.
Available in Standard (4.95m) and Long (5.30m) lengths, the hydrogen tank system is located under the floor to maximise load capacity. The e-Expert Hydrogen comes with a maximum load volume of up to 6.1m3, and a maximum payload of up to 1,100kg and has a towing capacity of up to 1,000kg.
PEUGEOT has also equipped the e-Expert Hydrogen with specific shock absorber and spring settings for a smoother ride even under light loads. With a specially adapted power steering system, the e-Expert Hydrogen has a turning circle of 12.4m. To ensure the safety of pedestrians, at speeds of up to 18mph a sound signal goes off to indicate the vehicle is approaching in forward and reverse gear.