Peugeot EV Will Lead Second Gen 208 Supermini Line-Up

The all-electric version of Peugeot’s new 208 compact city car is due to steal the limelight at next week’s Geneva International Motor Show.

For while the second-generation supermini powered by new gasoline and diesel powertrains is a big enough deal for the French carmaker, the EV model dubbed e-208 will be the one it will be pinning most importance on for its future production strategy. With a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery, the car is claiming a range of up to 211 miles according to WLTP procedures and leading its innovations is the ability to control its charging remotely through the MyPeugeot app.

It will feature three driving modes, Eco to maximize range, Normal for comfort and Sport to access the best performance. Its 220L battery, which is covered by an eight-year, 100,000 mile manufacturer warranty, is placed under the cabin floor to allow maximum interior and trunk space and equaling those capacities of the internal combustion versions.

There are also three charging methods including from a domestic plug taking more than 20 hours to full charge, accelerated charging at home via Wallbox products taking as little as 8 hours or rapid charge at public stations offering Free2Move Services where 80% charge can be achieved in 30 minutes. Owners can also remotely activate the charging through the Connected 3D Navigation color touchscreen or by using the MyPeugeot smartphone app. This can also be used to pre-program the car’s heating, air conditioning and windscreen defrosting.

Recognizing that EV take-up is still in the domain of the early adopters, Peugeot will also provide the car with new gasoline and diesel-powered options. These include a three-cylinder gasoline 1.2-liter motor with 75PS, 100PS and 130PS outputs with both higher performance engines offering eight-speed automatic gearboxes. The Diesel choice is a four-cylinder 1.5-Liter 100PS motor with a six-speed manual gearbox.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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