The once limited selection of electric vehicles in the Australian market is growing by the day and could soon welcome a stylish new French SUV to the lineup.
Peugeot has revealed the fully-electric e-2008 small SUV is under consideration for Australia and will potentially launch alongside a suite of new EV models in 2022.
The French brand revealed exclusively to Chasing Cars last year it would begin introducing electric models in Australia starting with plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 midsize SUV and the 508 sedan and wagon that will both launch in the second half of 2021.
Peugeot says the plug-in hybrid models will be followed by a range of fully electric vehicles and while it is yet to confirm said models, it is understood the 2008 small SUV and 208 hatchback are under heavy consideration to join the fleet.
The 2008 was launched in Australia late last year with a choice of two grades that share a punchy 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine making up to 114kW of power and 240Nm of torque and priced from $34,990 (before on-roads).
While local specifications may differ, the e-2008 starts from £28,150 (around AUD$50,000) in the U.K. (before on-roads) which prices it under the Hyundai Kona Electric, which costs around $60,740 (before on-roads) in Australia.
Given that Peugeot has begun pitching itself as a more premium brand that figure could rise in Australia, and unlike the U.K. and most of the developed world there is no subsidy to offset the price disadvantage of an EV.
The e-2008 is equipped with an electric motor making 110kW and 260Nm which is sent directly to the front wheels. The drivetrain draws power from a 50kWh battery which provides a fairly unimpressive range of 310km (WLTP).
Thankfully that battery is matched with a 100kW of charging speed that can recharge around 80 per cent in around half an hour, though real-world conditions may cause it to take longer.
Peugeot says official confirmation on what EVs will make it to Australia will follow later this year.
All prices are before on-road costs.
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