Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Choosing an electric van, whether you pay upfront or lease, will cost significantly more than an equivalent diesel model. On the other hand, you'll enjoy significantly cheaper running costs.
Whether or not that will work out to your advantage will depend on how you use the van and how you charge it, but as a rule of thumb, the day-to-day running costs of an electric van are about a fifth of those of a diesel van. There are also fewer serviceable parts that need replacing, and the stopping power of the regenerative braking should reduce the rate of brake pad wear.
If it was our money, though, we’d opt for the range-topping Asphalt model as it gets heated electric mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, a built-in sat-nav system and loads of safety kit, such as blind-spot monitoring, a lane departure warning system, speed-limit recognition and collision alert.
The e-Expert is one of the few vans on the market capable of rapid charging at up to 100kW. That means you can get from 0% to an 80% charge in just 30 minutes with the small 50kWh battery, or 45 minutes for the larger 75kW battery, and it's the latter that Peugeot expects most buyers to opt for. We would, too, because the extra 60-odd miles of range it offers make the e-Expert one of the most useable electric vans currently on sale.
All e-Expert’s are backed up by a three-year and 100,000-mile warranty for the vehicle and an eight-year warranty on the batteries.