the new “French” electric car already outdated?

Peugeot lifts the veil on the e-308 and e-308 SW, its two new compact sedan electric cars. On the program: a unique technical solution at Stellantis and a totally new way of selling 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 overdue. The French manufacturer had revealed the 308 in March 2021, but without focusing on an electric version. Customers were thus entitled to petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid only. But this is old history, as Peugeot announces the launch of the Peugeot e-308 and the e-308 SW electric station wagon.

More than 400 km of autonomy with a new battery

The Peugeot e-308 and e-308 SW datasheet is quite new at Stellantis, with the use of a new 54 kWh battery (51 kWh useful) enabling more than 400 km of autonomy in the WLTP cycle. Homologation has not yet taken place and therefore we do not know the exact number. Peugeot, however, puts forward a consumption of 12.7 kWh/100 km, without specifying in what type of test (mixed or urban WLTP).

Peugeot e-308 SW
Peugeot e-308 SW

By way of comparison, a Renault Zoé (395 km of autonomy with its 52 kWh battery) is provided for a consumption of 17.2 kWh. The Peugeot e-208 (362 km of autonomy with its 50 kWh battery) is provided for 15.9 kWh / 100 km. We then imagine that the combined consumption must be higher than the value provided by the manufacturereven though the latter says it has worked hard on efficiency with optimizing the EMP2 platform’s masses, as well as a revised front end and underside for aerodynamics.

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

to finish with the battery is NMC 811 type, 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 the vehicle’s mass.

156 horsepower and a load of 100 kW

The engine, in turn, can send a power of 115 kW (156 hp) and a torque of 260 Nm to the two front wheels. It’s an all-new engine, created in collaboration with Emotors and made in France, known as the M3. The gearbox (the famous one that allowed the e-208 to gain 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, leaving no room for lightning-fast charging speed. In this regard, the manufacturer adds that ” from a 100 kW public terminal, it is possible to go from 20% to 80% load in less than 25 min“. It would therefore seem that the maximum charging power is therefore 100 kW.

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

Of course, regenerative braking is part of it, with a “brake” mode, in addition to the eco, normal and sport modes, which enhances its strength. Driving a pedal doesn’t seem 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 in reverse. There’s also a heated steering wheel, digital instrument cluster and 10-inch center screen for infotainment. We also had the opportunity to test all this on the Peugeot 308 thermal.

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A 100% online purchase

The great novelty of this Peugeot e-308 is the possibility to buy it on the Internet, without going through a dealership. It will also be possible to have your car delivered directly to your home, free of charge. A way for Peugeot to test this type of marketing, which would eventually make it possible to dispense with dealers (like Tesla) to reduce costs.

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

The Peugeot e-308 and e-308 SW will be available mid 2023, with the arrival of the sedan first and then its break version. Two finishes will be 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).

Competition is fierce in this segment, with emphasis on the MG5 in electric station wagon, but also the arrival of the future MG4 compact sedan at a minimal price. We can also mention the Volkswagen ID.3, the Renault Megane E-Tech, but also the Korean ones like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6.

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