GREEN FOCUS ON: Peugeot
Peugeot is heading down the route of providing one shape of car and allowing customers to tailor their choice along petrol, diesel or electrified (which could be plug-in hybrid or electric) alternatives, depending on the model.
The first examples hit UK roads at the beginning of 2020, with the new Peugeot 208 supermini (see panel, right) offered in petrol, diesel and electric forms, while plug-in hybrid versions of the 508 and 3008 also launched in the spring. The 2008 small crossover followed soon after, with electric on offer alongside petrol and diesel, while next up are the electric additions to the Traveller passenger and Expert light commercial vehicle sibling ranges (see coming soon, below).
Peugeot, and its PSA Groupe parent company that also owns Citroen, DS and Vauxhall, has made it clear that it doesn’t intend to pay any fines under the new CAFE regulations for average new car emissions, which makes the focus on electrification vital for the brands.
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WHAT IS IT?
The electric version of Peugeot’s impressive new five-door-only supermini, which joins the line-up alongside conventional petrol
and diesel versions.
HOW QUICK IS IT?
Performance of 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 91mph don’t look that impressive on paper, but the electric 208 is much more about efficiency rather than performance.
WHATS THE RANGE?
An official range figure of 217 miles puts the e-208 well into the usable window for most drivers who have overnight and/or at-work charging available. The car will charge from empty to 80% of battery in half an hour from a 100kW public charging point.
IS IT TAX EFFICIENT?
As with all electric vehicles, drivers will pay no Benefit-in-Kind and companies no National Insurance on the e-208 for this tax year, and then it’ll sit in the 1% band for 2021/22, and 2% for the following three years.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
For a full six-page Big Test of the Peugeot e-208, see issue 72 of Company Car Today or head to www.companycartoday.co.uk.
As well as the e-208, Peugeot offers the e-2008 small crossover, which comes with a range of up to 206 miles from its 50kWh battery, with the 100kW motor offering 136hp of power. The electric model is offered in all trim levels, ranging from the £32,010 P11D price for the entry Allure spec, up to the top-level GT at £38,135, all before the £3,000 Government EV grant.
After grant, that is just over £3,000 more than the 155hp petrol that’s the most powerful 2008. Zero company car Benefit-in-Kind payments this tax year and minimal cost for the three after that make the e-2008 a useful downsizing option, if a little bit of a stretch for those in the market for a petrol or diesel 2008; the entry 101hp petrol in the line-up is more than £8,000 cheaper than the EV.
In early 2020, Peugeot added 3008 and 508 fastback and SW estate plug-in hybrid models to its range alongside the existing petrol and diesel models. The facelifted 3008 is hitting the UK market before the end of 2020, and the PHEV is offered in either 225hp front-wheel drive or 300hp four-wheel drive forms.
The 508 upper-medium model gets the 225hp plug-in powertrain in both saloon and estate bodystyles, with an official range figure of up to 39 miles and CO2 emissions of 29g/km.
Peugeot has also announced a new 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered model (above), which will become the most powerful road car the brand has produced. Using the PHEV powertrain, the car will arrive in the first half of 2021 with 360hp, enough to take it from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds.
The next additions to the Peugeot green offering will be the Expert mid-sized electric van (pictured), and its passenger Traveller sibling that will carry up to eight people in zero-emission comfort.
The Expert will come with 50kWh or 75kWh batteries, offering official range figures of 143 miles or 211 miles respectively, and in four different specification levels and three body lengths, including a crew van model.
The Traveller will use the 50kWh battery offering a 148-mile range, and be available in two body lengths and two trim levels.
Both models are available to reserve now, with first deliveries due in 2021.