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AUTO NEWS – New Peugeot e-Companion van 2021 assessment

New Peugeot e-Companion van 2021 assessment


Verdict

We haven’t acquired many unhealthy phrases to say concerning the Peugeot e-Companion. It drives effectively, it has a good payload, it’s well-equipped and it has a wonderfully serviceable electrical vary. Our solely concern was the value. At greater than £31,000, you’re paying out much more up entrance for the e-Companion than you’ll for its diesel equal however, issue within the gas financial savings over the primary few years of possession, and also you’ll be quids in earlier than you understand it.

Stellantis has thrown its full weight behind electrifying its business automobile line-up – and the corporate is beginning to get to the sharp finish of its technique. The brand new Peugeot e-Companion is the newest addition to the vary, becoming a member of the mid-sized e-Knowledgeable and enormous e-Boxer. 

The transfer means Peugeot (and its sister manufacturers Citroen, Vauxhall and Toyota) have a pure-electric providing in each business automobile section lengthy earlier than stalwart van manufacturers reminiscent of Ford, Mercedes and Volkswagen. And, with a variety of 170 miles and a most payload capability of 800kg, the e-Companion is a genuinely usable workhorse.

The e-Companion is pushed by Stellantis’ acquainted 134bhp electrical motor and powered by a 50kWh battery pack mounted underneath the ground. There’s 260Nm of torque too, that means the van will pull itself up a steep hill laden down with supplies and never put up a protest. In contrast to a diesel van, all of that torque can be obtainable the second you flex your huge toe.

You might need to compromise a little bit on comfort in comparison with a diesel van, as a result of it takes round seven and a half hours to cost the e-Companion’s battery to full utilizing a 7kW wallbox, relatively than 5 minutes to brim the tank on the pump. However, except you’re overlaying huge miles, this isn’t actually going to be an issue.

When you’ve stomached the expense of putting in a house EV charger, simply plug it in as quickly as you’re house and depart it to cost in a single day. And, if that’s not potential, attempt to supply a 100kW DC speedy charger close to your own home. Utilizing that, the e-Companion can tackle an 80 per cent cost in simply half an hour.

It’s additionally surprisingly good to drive, most likely as a result of it’s based mostly on the identical EMP2 chassis as passenger vehicles such because the Peugeot 308 and Citroen C5 X. There’s no engine noise (naturally) and never all that a lot street and wind noise. It rides fairly effectively, too, even when the load bay is empty.

Additionally, as a result of the battery pack is mounted underneath the van’s ground, it has a low centre of gravity. Meaning it handles barely higher than its diesel counterpart and, extra importantly, it feels extra secure in a crosswind – very important once you’ve acquired a heavy load over the rear axle.

If you happen to’re sufficiently old to recollect how spartan vans was once inside, you’ll be pleasantly stunned once you get behind the wheel of the e-Companion. We drove the most affordable model – the £31,262 Skilled Premium mannequin – and it was fitted with air-con, cruise management and an eight-inch infotainment system.

It’s been screwed collectively correctly, too. It’s a van, so there’s some low-cost trim on the sprint and doorways, however the plastics are all wipe-down and so they look sturdy sufficient to deal with the battering they’re liable to cop from working life. The one wobbly little bit of trim we discovered was the encompass that holds the touchscreen in place, so don’t grasp something heavy off it.

Peugeot has additionally thought fairly fastidiously about how one can maximise the quantity of house within the e-Companion. So, there’s a load-through flap within the rear bulkhead that enables gadgets as much as 3.4 metres lengthy to be transported contained in the van. The passenger seat will also be folded out of the way in which to unlock an additional 500 litres of capability.

Sure, we all know the £31,262 beginning worth feels like an terrible lot subsequent to the £24,217 you’d pay for a equally geared up diesel Companion. However, we estimate a gas invoice of round £2,000 per yr for the 99bhp diesel Peugeot Companion should you cowl a mean of round 15,000 miles – and that’s a best-case state of affairs.

So, give it a few years and also you’ll have nearly seen your a refund from the e-Companion increased buy price. Additionally, that determine doesn’t bear in mind bills like ULEZ and congestion zone expenses, each of which you’ll dodge with the e-Companion.

Rivals for the e-Companion are few and much between in the interim, with the van’s solely competitors at present being its chassis siblings, the Citroen e-Berlingo, Toyota Proace Metropolis Electrical and Vauxhall e-Combo. Nonetheless, the Renault Kangoo E-Tech and the electrical variations of the brand new Mercedes Citan and Nissan Townstar will go on sale subsequent yr.

Mannequin:

Peugeot e-Companion Panel Van Skilled Premium 50kWh

Value:

£31,262 (OTR together with VAT and PiVG)

Engine:

Electrical motor

Energy/torque:

134bhp/260Nm

Transmission:

Single-speed computerized, all-wheel drive

0–62mph:

11.2 seconds

High pace:

84mph

Vary: 

As much as 170 miles

CO2:

0g/km

On sale:

Now

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