In this days at the Geneva International Auto-Salon the all new Peugeot e-208 was surrounded by many people. No wonder. It is the first introduced electric car for the masses from Europe. Except we don’t mention the Opel Ampera-e. But this is produced from GM and is now a competitor to PSA. Opel belongs now to PSA and a new e-Corsa (the follower of the Ampera-e) is expected in September on the IAA in Frankfurt.
For the masses, why?
For the masses, because we think the Peugeot e-208 will have an appropriate price and good performance data for anyone. The introduction of this car rings the bell for more electric cars in the range of payable electric cars for many people. In Europe and North-America or even worldwide.
The new Peugeot e-208 is build upon the new PSA platform CMP (Common Modular Platform). Where we expect the new Opel e-Corsa will be build on it too. The new Opel e-Corsa is announced to come up in September on the IAA. So this fits to all plans.
CMP (Common Modular Platform)
This new CMP platform is dedicated to segments B and C and complements the new vehicle base EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform). Other Models are already transferred to it.
As its name implies, the CMP platform is adaptable in terms of dimensions and engine variants. Accommodating all power sources, it will enable customers to select their preferred type of power train, a traditional combustion engine (petrol or diesel) or an electric motor.
Economy was the watchword throughout the development phase. This new platform helps to limit new PEUGEOT 208’s CO2 emissions, due to:
- reduction in weight (30 kg lighter vs. the F1 platform),
- improved aerodynamics (levelled floor-pan, electronically controlled air inlets),
- reduced roll resistance (Class A tyres, reduced suspension friction),
- power train optimisation (improved combustion output, down-sizing, reduced mechanical friction, transmission extension and generalisation of Stop & Start).
The CMP platform also provides for increased comfort and safety levels:
- greater acoustic and thermal comfort on board, lower vibration levels,
- driving aids normally reserved for higher market segments and unprecedented in the B segment.
New PEUGEOT e-208: e-motion
New PEUGEOT e-208 offers a lively, stimulating driving experience with its 100% electric engine, available from launch:
- 100 KW (136 bhp) electric engine developing 260 Nm of torque (available from 0 km/h) for instant
- silent engine, zero vibration,
- technology display on central screen (real-time drive train functional display).
New PEUGEOT e-208 proposes three drive modes:
- Eco: to optimise range,
- Normal: optimum comfort for everyday use,
- Sport: priority is given to performance and sensations, maximum power and torque (0 to 100 km/h in 8.1s).
Two braking modes are also available via the gear lever with appropriate battery regeneration:
- Moderate, providing a sensation close to that felt when braking with a combustion engine,
- Augmented, for controlled deceleration by means of the accelerator pedal.
New PEUGEOT e-208 offers the best thermal comfort on the market with:
- a high-power heater element (5 kW) powered by the HV battery,
- a heat pump and automatic temperature control in the passenger compartment, providing the same comfort standard as in a vehicle powered by a combustion engine. Vehicle range is preserved due to improved power efficiency compared to conventional climate control,
- heated seats (according to version),
- programmable thermal pre-conditioning, controlled from touch screen or remotely by the MyPeugeot® smartphone application. Besides comfort, this function allows vehicle range optimisation (the set temperature is reached more rapidly during start phases) and enables the optimum battery functional temperature to be attained sooner.
Interior and boot-space are identical to the ICE version. The batteries, which take up a volume of 220 L, are distributed under the floor pan in new PEUGEOT 208.
Hallmark of the PEUGEOT brand, new PEUGEOT e-208’s running gear has been optimised and specific technical solutions have been applied (optimum mass distribution). This enables new PEUGEOT e-208 to achieve dynamic performances on a par with the combustion engine version.
New PEUGEOT e-208 is fitted with a 50 kWh large-capacity battery enabling a vehicle range of up to 340 km, according to the WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedures) certification protocol and 450 km according to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). Linked to the passenger compartment cooling system, fluid-cooled temperature control enables fast recharging, optimised range and increased life-span. This battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160’000 km for 70% of its charge capacity.
Charging modes are flexible and adapted to everyday use. Three charge modes are possible:
- using a conventional domestic socket or for a full charge in 16 hours, using a heavy-duty Legrand® Green UpTM socket, supplied complete with charging cable,
- from a Wall Box, providing a full charge in 5 hours 15 minutes for the three-phase version (11 kW) or in 8 hours for mono-phase (7.4 kW),
- using a dedicated public charging terminal: battery thermal regulation permits the use of 100 kW chargers, 80% of the charge being reached in 30 minutes.
New PEUGEOT e-208 can also be remotely charged if programmed via the Connected Navigation screen or using the MyPeugeot® smartphone application. This system also enables you to start or stop charging at any time and allows you to check the charge status.
The Peugeot e-208 will be offered in the GT specification level which is even more distinctive as the diesel and petrol engine types.
- Full LED headlights with 3-claw lighting signature,
- Gloss black wheel arch trim and window weather strips,
- 17” alloy wheel rims with inserts,
- Neat passenger compartment details: black roof lining with Adamite overstitching, 8 ambient lighting colour options, sport seats, aluminium pedal assembly.
- Exclusive Alcantara©/Greval gray upholstery in association with 3D technical mesh knit,
- 17’ wheel rims with special inserts.