Electric version of Peugeot’s family hatch and wagon revealed in Europe with “over 400km” WLTP range and an Australian release possible
Although ‘only’ 400km, the e-308 achieves its range by being very energy efficient. Testing on the WLTP combined cycle saw the fully-electric 308 return 12.7kWh/100km.
The Peugeot’s efficiency rivals the frugal Tesla Model 3. If it bears out in final testing, the e-308 will be one of the most frugal EVs running on a converted combustion-car platform. Only the likes of the discontinued Hyundai Ioniq Electric that consumed 12.3kWh/100km are better.
The electric 308 will effectively become the flagship of the 308 range in Europe. Australian plans are so-far unclear, though the electric 308 is said to be under study according to managing director of Peugeot Australia, Kate Gillis.
“The global reveal of a full battery electric 308 is exciting and we can confirm the e-308 is under evaluation for the Australian market as part of our electrification journey”, Gillis said.
European pricing for Allure and GT trim e-308s s is yet to be announced. It’s unlikely the 308 will be cheap if it comes to Australia.
Currently, Peugeot’s 3008 PHEV commands a near $20K premium over the equivalent ICE 3008. Expect the e-308’s to start from at least $55K if it comes to Australia.
The remainder of Peugeot’s new 308 range – including turbo petrol and plug-in hybrid grades – is set to hit Australian dealerships between October and December this year.
This new electric 308 marks another step in Peugeot’s gradual electrification that started with the e-208 and e-2008 in Europe. Peugeot currently sells two PHEVs in Australia including 508 and 3008, though no pure EVs.
It may be electric, but the e-308 is not about maximum outputs. There is a single motor powering the front wheels of both hatch and wagon producing 115kW and 260Nm.
That amount of grunt is about right for a small family vehicle, being slightly more than a VW Golf 110TSI. Peugeot is yet to claim a kerb weight or 0-100km/h time for e-308.
The reasonable outputs likely have something to do with the e-308’s excellent efficiency. The current indicative WLTP figure is 12.7kWh/100km equating to 402km from a full charge. WLTP is still calculating final figures.
Peugeot’s 400-volt lithium-ion battery uses a different chemical composition to what you might have seen in earlier packs. The ‘NMC811’ is richer in nickel (80%) with lower reliance on expensive cobalt (10%). There are two goals with this: reduce cost and increase charge capacity.
The e-308’s battery can take on fresh DC electricity at a rate of 100kW, for a 10-80 percent charge time of around 25 minutes. Using a three-phase 11kW wallbox will rejuvenate the battery from 0-100 percent in a little over five hours.
While the e-308 may look very familiar with its ‘fang-shaped’ daytime running lights and matrix LED headlights, there are some new 18-inch alloy wheels said to be more aerodynamic.
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