Peugeots free of charge


19 February 2020

PEUGEOT has become the first car company to offer free charging as an incentive to persuade drivers to take the plunge and go all-electric.

The free-electricity drive coincides with this week’s announcement that we must all buy fully-electric vehicles even sooner than expected.

This will include executive, people-carrier and large SUV models, several of which are being hastily added to the Peugeot line-up.

The company says that the main reluctance of most drivers to switch from diesel, petrol and even hybrids to all-electric is the issue of recharging.

Now Peugeot is offering a six-month subscription to the UK’s largest public electric charging system operated by Polar Plus.

The incentive will apply to new all-electric and hybrid models, with most charging points on the Polar network being free to use. For those posts that are chargeable, drivers pay for the electricity used, with prices starting from 12p per kWh.

In addition to 7kW AC charging points on streets and in car parks, Polar Plus is introducing 150kW DC rapid chargers enabling an 80% charge in 30 minutes.

The new Peugeot e-208 uses a 50kWh battery and a 136bhp electric motor and claims to be capable of up to 220 miles of zero-emissions driving from a full charge.

The new e-2008 SUV model, which will arrive here in early summer, is Peugeot’s first fully electric SUV. Using the same battery and electric motor as the e-208, the e-2008 SUV has a range of 205 miles from a full charge.

Peugeot UK managing director David Peel, says: ``One of the main hesitations around electric vehicles is access to charging points.

``Drivers who subscribe to Polar Plus when buying a new fully-electric or plug-in hybrid will find it far easier to access the energy they need when travelling throughout the UK.”

Following the inclusive six-month subscription, drivers will pay £7.85 per month to continue their subscription, or alternatively use Polar Plus charge points on a pay-as-you-go basis.

 

 The zero-emission, e-2008 SUV will be exempt from Benefit-in-Kind tax from April 2020 onwards.

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, wall box and smart wall box.

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.

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.