Initially, the new Peugeot 308 it was not going to have an electric version. However, the French brand has finally decided to give it a version 100% electric, the Peugeot e-308. The brand confirmed it last summer, but these days, we have learned some new technical details of the future electric compact that should reach the market throughout 2023.
Like the other electric models in the Peugeot range, the e-308 has the motor, the on-board charger and the heat pump under the hood. The battery, for its part, is located under the floor, mainly in the spaces under the seats, while the boot remains the same size as that of the 308 plug-in hybrid, namely 361 litres.
Although the powertrain of the Peugeot e-308 is also similar to that of the other models in the group, front engine and front-wheel drive, it differs in its components. Thus, instead of a 100 kW (136 hp) motor, it will equip a engine around 115 kW (156 hp) associated with a lithium ion battery and 400 V of 54 kWh gross. This will have fast charging of up to 100 kW.
Models such as the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 are equipped with a battery of 50 gross kWh that remain at 46.2 useful kWh, the objective is that the e-308 has 50 useful kWh.
The battery is only 4 kWh larger than the one in the little e-208, but Peugeot claims that the new NMC811 battery chemistry will give the car greater efficiency (there is talk of a average of 12.4 kWh/100 km), “the best among the competition”, explains Agnès Tesson-Faget, responsible for the Peugeot 308 project in statements to Coach. With this, the e-308 would have a autonomy of 400 km in WLTP test cycle.
The mystery of the platform
The person in charge of Peugeot, however, has not yet wanted to clarify what platform the future Peugeot e-308 will use, since it cannot use the current base of the Peugeot 308. The new 308 Hybrid uses the EMP2 platform, the same as the 3008 Hybrid or the DS4 E-Tense. But the EMP2 is not compatible with electric vehicles, unlike the e-CMP platform of Citroen ë-C4.
Thus, two possibilities open up. One is that the Peugeot e-308 shares a platform with the Citroën ë-C4. The other option is to launch the eVMP Platform, already confirmed in the future e-3008 scheduled for 2023. It is a platform derived from the EMP2 and initially designed for SUVs, with the capacity to hold batteries of up to 100 kWh.
The car has yet to reach the market, but Peugeot expects that it will account for an important part of the sales of the 308. “If we look at the portfolio we have today, the plug-in hybrid already exceeds 20% of the orders and we hope that the electric version reaches at least that proportion,” Tesson-Faget said.
The Peugeot e-308 will go into production in July 2023 and will be put for sale in the second half of 2023. Obviously, in Peugeot they still don’t talk about price, but it will probably move in a range of 38,000 to 41,000 euros.
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