The Peugeot e-Expert electric van has received a version of the e-Expert Hydrogen on hydrogen fuel cells, which travels without recharging and refueling more than 400 km in the WLTP cycle. It will be produced in French in Valenciennes, and then refined at the German special center of the Stellantis group in Rüsselsheim. Direct sales to “professional clients” in France and Germany are slated to start at the end of 2021.
The French do not report anything about the electric motor, but the twin Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen has already told everything. The engine power, powered by a 10.5 kWh battery, is 100 kW (136 hp; 260 Nm), and the fuel cells under the hood are 45 kW (61 hp).
Peugeot claims a 100% hydrogen refueling takes three minutes. The fuel is stored in three CFRP cylinders, hidden underground and not affecting the cargo volume. It varies between 5.3-6.1 m3, since two lengths are available (Standard and Long).
The e-Expert’s cabin has not changed when switching to hydrogen. You need to look out for basic information about the condition of the car on a tiny (3.5-inch) screen in the tidy. The central touchscreen is only seven inches long. Dual-zone climate control is optional.
It is clear that the next hydrogen car will be the electric van Citroen e-Jumpy, which shared the title of “Van of 2021” with brothers from Peugeot and Opel. Apparently, the trinity will go on sale at the same time – in the fall, not in the winter. The first users will be corporate fleets with access to hydrogen infrastructure. Nothing is known about the prices of the Hydrogen versions. For reference: Opel Vivaro-e is priced at 41,700-47,950 euros.
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