the new “French” electric car already obsolete?

Peugeot unveils the e-308 and e-308 SW, their two new compact sedan electric cars. On the programme: an unprecedented technical solution at Stellantis and a completely new way of marketing cars for Peugeot. But an aging platform that prevents it from offering a very innovative technical sheet.

Peugeot e-308 and e-308 SW

The electric Peugeot 308 was long awaited. The French manufacturer had unveiled the 308 in March 2021, but without focusing on an electric version. Customers were thus only entitled to petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid. But that is ancient history since Peugeot announces the launch of the Peugeot e-308 and the electric station wagon e-308 SW.

More than 400 km range with new battery

The technical sheet for the Peugeot e-308 and e-308 SW is completely new at Stellantis, using a whole new 54 kWh battery (51 useful kWh) making it possible to aim for more than 400 km of autonomy on the WLTP cycle. Homologation has not yet taken place, and we therefore do not know the exact number. However, Peugeot advances a consumption of 12.7 kWh/100 km, although without specifying on which type of test (mixed or urban WLTP).

Peugeot e-308 SW
Peugeot e-308 SW

For comparison, a Renault Zoé (395 km autonomy with its 52 kWh battery) is given for a consumption of 17.2 kWh. Peugeot e-208 (362 km autonomy with its 50 kWh battery) is given at 15.9 kWh / 100 km. We imagine so the combined consumption must be higher than the figure specified by the manufactureralthough the latter says he has worked a lot on efficiency with optimization of the masses of the EMP2 platform as well as a front end and a revised undercarriage for aerodynamics.

It should also be noted that this is the first 100% electric car from the Stellantis group based on the aging EMP2 platform. It is this in particular that prevents him from offering a more attractive technical sheet. The Peugeot e-208 is based on the e-CMP platform.

To end with the battery is of type NMC 811, that is, it uses 80% nickel, 10% manganese and 10% cobalt in addition to lithium. With an LFP (lithium – phosphate – iron) battery, Peugeot could have reduced costs but increased vehicle mass.

156 hp power and a load of 100 kW

The engine, meanwhile, can send an output of 115 kW (156 hp) and a torque of 260 Nm to the two front wheels. It is a completely new engine, created in collaboration with Emotors and made in France, known as the M3. The reducer (the famous one that allowed the e-208 to achieve autonomy) ” optimizes range while maintaining a high level of performance with responsiveness specific to electric motors we can read in the press release.

Peugeot specifies that the electrical architecture is of the 400 volt type, which leaves no room for lightning fast recharging. In this regard, the manufacturer adds that ” from a 100 kW public terminal it is possible to go from 20% to 80% charging in less than 25 min.“. It therefore appears the maximum charging power is therefore 100 kW.

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that integrated charger (3-phase 11 kW) is standard, to be able to recharge these two electric cars at home or at a public terminal in a few hours (about five if we trust the capacity of the battery).

Regenerative braking is of course part of that, with a “brake” mode, in addition to Eco, Normal and Sport modes, which allows the power to be highlighted in this one. One-pedal driving does not appear to be in the game.

Many options

As standard, the Peugeot e-308 and e-308 SW have adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and rear traffic alert when reversing. There is also a heated steering wheel, the digital instrument cluster and the 10-inch central screen for infotainment. We had also had the opportunity to test all this on the thermal Peugeot 308.

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A 100% online purchase

The big news about this Peugeot e-308 is possibility to buy it on the Internetwithout going through a dealer. It will even be possible to have your car delivered directly to your home, free of charge. A way for Peugeot to test this kind of marketing, which would eventually make it possible to do without dealers (like Tesla) to reduce costs.

If the Peugeot 308 is produced in France, in Mulhouse, we do not know if this is the case for the 100% electric version, the e-308, as Peugeot does not reveal – at least at the moment – ​​this information.

The Peugeot e-308 and e-308 SW will be available mid 2023, with first the arrival of the sedan and then its break version. Two finishes are then offered: Allure and GT. The Sochaux manufacturer has not yet revealed the price of these two new electric cars, but it should be around 45,000 euros (excluding ecological bonuses).

The competition is fierce in this segment, with especially the MG5 in electric station wagon, but also the arrival of the future MG4 compact sedan at rock bottom price. We can also mention the Volkswagen ID.3, the Renault Megane E-Tech, but also the Koreans such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6.

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