Peugeot e-2008 for 2020

24 June 2019

PEUGEOT is to introduce an all-electric version of its new small SUV with a claimed driving range of almost 200 miles.

Adopting the appearance of a scaled down version of the Peugeot 3008, the new 2008 is actually just 15 centimetres shorter.

The range will be offered with a choice of electric, petrol and diesel engine options when it arrives here early next year.

In the case of the electric model there will be a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery, generating the equivalent of 135bhp of power.

Peugeot says that recharging up to 80 per cent takes just half an hour using rapid charging equipment, although a conventional household supply could take up to eight hours.

This sort of rapid or overnight charge will generate enough electrical power to endow the vehicle with an official range of up to 193 miles, although this will depend on driving styles and electrical equipment usage.

The cars will come with a so-called MyPeugeot app, so owners will be able to pre-set the charging times, heating and air conditioning, as well as check the prevailing charge level remotely.

The vehicle will feature two forms of energy recovery. Selecting Drive “D” recovery from the drive selector will feel similar to driving a standard diesel or petrol model, while Brake “B” provides more regenerative braking when lifting off the accelerator.

A series of styling cues set the electric model apart from its petrol and diesel counterparts, including a sparkling dichroic Lion emblem, with reflections alternating between green and blue depending on the viewing angle.

There is also an “e” monogram on the front side panel and tailgate,

a body-coloured chequered front grille and Alcantara seat upholstery on the GT version.

The battery is positioned under the floor of the vehicle, so there is no compromise to boot or interior space, and Peugeot is to introduce equipment and services to overcome potential problems associated with the driving range of electric vehicles. 

These include a heavy-duty socket, wallbox and smart wallbox.

There will also be a charge pass giving access to public charging points across Europe whereby drivers are able to pre-select terminals according to distance, speed and the price of recharging.

There will also be a Trip Planner that proposes the best routes taking into account the location of charging stations in order to avoid becoming stranded.

To further reduce the risk, there will be a Mobility Pass that gives

``extended mobility by means of a pass for a rental internal combustion engine when needed!’’

However, on the basis that prevention is better than cure, there will be an E-coaching tool that allows drivers to receive advice on how to optimise their driving and thereby extend the range of the vehicle.

There will also be special service contracts and road-side assistance packages`` to ensure peace of mind at all times.’’

In order to help maintain the vehicle’s second-hand value there will be a battery capacity certificate that guarantees the vehicle’s battery charge.

In addition to the e-2008 version there will be three petrol and one diesel engine.

These are based on Peugeot’s three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine and the four-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel.

The new Peugeot will be up against the likes of the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric, which will both probably travel further, but the Peugeot could be cheaper.