Peugeot reveals specification details for electric e-308

► First details of the pure electric 308
► 250 miles of range, on sale in 2023
► Available in sedan and station wagon

Peugeot has revealed the first details of the specifications of its electric e-308, which is expected to hit the market in 2023 and equip the sedan and wagon with an array of powertrains: gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid and EV.

The battery electrical system is not a direct lift from the established e-208 and e-2008. The e-308’s battery capacity is 54 kWh, and the electric motor alone delivers a bit more oomph. The maximum power is 115 kW (156 hp), with 270 Nm of torque.

The Peugeot e-308 electric range and the technology that enables it

The e-308 is touted as having a range of over 250 miles (400 km), due to a careful program of efficiency measurements.

They include new NMC battery cell chemistry (with more nickel and less magnesium and cobalt), as well as a heat pump to warm the cabin with less discharge on the battery. The 308 has a reasonably aerodynamic profile (0.28 coefficient of drag) thanks to an elongated flat underbody and a rear spoiler.

Importantly, the vehicle’s weight is around 1600 kg, which is competitive with Renault’s new electric Mégane and lighter than VW’s ID.3.

The differences with the hybrid go beyond the skin

The car pictured here is the 308 plug-in hybrid, but it will take keen eyes to spot any change with the BEV: most notable is an “e” badge on the front fenders, replacing the lion badge present on some 308 trims.

“The two cars look exactly the same on the outside and inside,” explains Peugeot’s electric platform engineer Remi Seimpere. “The difference is under the ground with a big battery, and the [front] electric motor. ‘

The batteries are mainly stored in two slabs under the front and rear seats, with the charging port at the rear. While the combustion 308s all have torsion beam suspension, the all-electric powertrain packaging requires a revised rear axle design. Cargo space is the same as the hybrid – 361 liters for the hatch, 548 for the SW – although both are inferior to combustion models.

Although Peugeot offers all-wheel drive on the 508 and 3008 plug-in hybrids, the e-308 will be strictly front-wheel drive.

How fast will the e-308 charge

The 400v battery system can charge up to 100kW DC, getting around 11km per minute and 10-80% replenishment in 30 minutes. Households equipped with three-phase electricity and a wall terminal should be able to fully recharge in five hours; a single-phase load of 7 kW will also be possible.

Recharge Peugeot 308

Can you get the e-308 as a SW station wagon?

The good news is that Peugeot will also offer the electrically powered SW station wagon – it will be a welcome alternative to the MG 5, one of the few zero-emission wagons on the market.

Peugeot 308 SW estate

Peugeot is proud that the 308 range – on the shortlist of seven for European Car of the Year – is notable in the market for its petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and EV offerings (although VW’s Golf Mk7 has also achieved the full deck).

And Peugeot CEO Linda Jackson believes such a wide range offers something for every customer.

“As consumers, we are all moving from an internal combustion engine to a fully electrified engine. And Peugeot has a real advantage in its multi-energy platform [strategy]. The 308 is the first [contemporary] vehicle capable of offering ICE, plug-in hybrid and electric. And I think that’s the right way to assist our clients and help them move forward on this adventure. ‘

Will an electric Vauxhall Astra and DS 4 follow?

The Stellantis group – owner of Peugeot, Vauxhall, Fiat and DS Automobiles among its many brands – has made no secret of its intention to fully electrify the EMP2 platform that underpins the 308. It is an architecture also shared with the new Astra from Vauxhall and the DS 4.

Vauxhall has confirmed that an Astra-e is on the way, and the DS 4 will certainly follow suit. But it looks like Peugeot will be the first to market, possibly in the fall of 2023 for British cars.

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