Peugeot e-Boxer (2021 – 2024) Review

Peugeot e-Boxer (2021 – 2024) At A Glance

+139-mile range makes it useable for many companies, standard 50kWh rapid charging, one of the more affordable electric large vans.

-Performance is restricted off-the-line, aftermarket feel to the EV conversion, still looks expensive next to diesel version.

The Peugeot e-Boxer is essentially an identical vehicle to the Citroen e-Relay, and is the French brand's attempt to finally provide a viable electric alternative to large diesel vans. 

With many cities around Europe and the UK moving to restrict or ban diesel vehicles, there's never been a better time than now for fleets to make the jump to EV. Parent company Stellantis has been leading the electric van drive, and already offers the small e-Partner and medium-sized e-Expert

Unlike those models, which were designed from the get-go to be offered with both combustion engines and electric power, the large Peugeot Boxer has been around with only cosmetic and cabin upgrades since 2006 - way before electric large vans were viable. 

Peugeot has gone down a cost-effective route to make the e-Boxer as a result. Rather than repackaging the van in-house, it takes partially finished examples of the Boxer and ships them to Turkey, where a third-party converter shoehorns an electric motor and battery pack where the engine, gearbox and fuel tank would otherwise be. The same applies to the e-Relay.

Interestingly, sister company Fiat - which makes the near-identical Ducato - elected to develop the electric e-Ducato in-house. But this was done prior to the formation of Stellantis. We suspect, then, that the e-Boxer is largely a quick and cheap conversion before an all-new model comes along, which will be developed from the start with electric power in mind. 

Anyway, on to the van itself. The e-Boxer is powered by a 120PS electric motor propelling the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox. Two lithium ion batteries are available: the cheapest version has 37kWh, while a longer-range 70kWh model is also offered. 

With a quoted range of a mere 73 miles, we're not sure the smaller battery version will of much use to anyone except companies running last-mile delivery services. We're reviewing what is expected to be the much more popular 70kWh version instead, with its 139-mile range offering much greater flexibility.

The Peugeot e-Boxer is, unlike its Mercedes e-Sprinter rival, offered in a range of body sizes (L2H2, L3H2, L4H2) plus an L4H2 window van and a chassis cab. With the electric motor wedged into the engine bay, and the battery pack neatly packaged within the floor, the e-Boxer offers a competitive 15 cubic metre cargo volume and a payload of up to 1,150kg. 


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