Peugeot will launch the 100% electric version of the 308 in 2023, that is, one year after the Mégane E-Tech electric car arrives at dealerships. Should Renault fear this new competitor? First response elements.
The 308 adds another string to your bow. Already offered with two rechargeable hybrid blocks, it will be available in 2023 in a 100% electric version. Thus powered, it will face the new Mégane, which this summer took control of the French market in terms of electric vehicles.
Peugeot and Renault went the opposite way for these models. While the Losange offers a new vehicle with a dedicated electric base, the CMF-EV, Lion decided to electrify the current 308, with the EMP2 platform. There is still no doubt about one of the new bases of the STLA.
Should we then fear lesser benefits for the e-308? Before comparing these models in real life next year, we offer a first comparison of their technical characteristics.
Peugeot reveals the electric 308, with disappointing autonomy
The 308 targets the mid-range
Since its launch, the Mégane has offered two power levels: 96 kW, or 130 hp, and 160 kW, or 220 hp. There are also two battery capacities: 40 and 60 kWh (usable capacity). The first goes with low power, the second with high power, except for an optimized Evolution ER version of 130 hp with a 60 kWh battery.
Peugeot is satisfied for the time being with a single variant, with new elements. Forget the 100 kW motor and 50 kWh battery of the other electric models in the group. Here, the power is 115 kW, or 156 hp. The brand therefore plays the mid-range aspect, not seeking to compete for power. No problem, it’s not really helpful for the customer. However, the manufacturer has not yet communicated the performance figures.
On the battery side, the e-308 advertises 54 kWh of gross capacity and 51 kWh of usable capacity. This version is thus situated between the two Mégane offerings. Unsurprisingly, the latter will retain the advantage of maximum autonomy. If its base version advertises 300 km, the EV60 version promises 450 km, or even 470 km on the Evolution ER. On the Peugeot side, we promise just over 400 km.
Which isn’t too bad considering the battery size, but it might seem fair with a fairly family-oriented compact vehicle. More than autonomy, Peugeot highlights the consumption of the e-308. Thanks to aerodynamic improvements (for the front and underbody) and the use of tires that limit friction losses, Peugeot announces a record consumption of 12.7 kWh per 100 km. The best Mégane is homologated at 15.5 kWh!
More powerful charging on Renault
The Megane can regain the upper hand on the loading side, where the 308 is falling behind. In alternating current, the latter announces 11 kW. In direct current it is up to 100 kW max. For Renault, the cheapest version is satisfied with an alternating current recharge of 7.4 kW (standard load). There are 22 kW in the “boost” and “optimum” versions. On the direct current side, there are 85 kW in the “boost” version and 130 kW in the “super” and “optimum” versions.
If the EMP2 platform seems to limit the technical characteristics of the e-308, it can give life on board an advantage. However, Peugeot has not yet given the volume of the trunk of this electric version, volume that can be impacted by the battery, as in the hybrid. Except bad surprise, habitability shouldn’t change. The 308 could thus be more welcoming than the Mégane, where you feel confined to the bank.
On the driver’s side, while the Renaults suffer compared to the Peugeots, the Mégane broke the record and is therefore updated, with its OpenR system, two 12-inch screens for instrumentation and infotainment, the latter taking advantage of connected services. Of google. The atmosphere is very techno. It’s also in the 308, but with a package that looks more sporty to us. Of course there are i-Cockpit elements, including a small steering wheel and height instrumentation. The central 10-inch screen is complemented by a bar of customizable touch keys.
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So, are you more consumption or autonomy?
Clearly, playing the card of the mid-range version, the e-308 doesn’t show the best data against the Megane, which leaves a technical choice. In addition, Peugeot may be taking a risk by betting first on consumption. The e-308 best delivers on that promise.
If the model is not so efficient, autonomy will dissolve. However, it is still the purchase criterion that prevails for most customers, especially when we come to more familiar categories, and that Mégane will present. For those on longer journeys, Renault also has the advantage of fast charging, which takes less time. So it looks more versatile.
Peugeot will also have to pay attention to prices, which fear high while services are average. We see that an e-2008 already starts at €38,750. For €1,500 more, we have the Megane EV60 super charge. However, the 308 has a nice trick up its sleeve: a more spacious version of the station wagon.