Peugeot believes its transformation to electric mobility will make it a front runner by 2030.
The French manufacturer says it will be able to offer the widest "e-choice" in Europe. From electric bicycles to vans, including e-scooters and passenger cars. The brand is making progress towards its goal of selling all its models in Europe in 100% electric versions by 2030.
To showcase what it is up to, Peugeot will take a few of its new electric vehicles and hybrids to the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium, the first international auto show for 2023, which will run until 22 January.
With the new 408, Peugeot is showcasing an unprecedented fastback silhouette in the C-segment, which it says is the first of its kind in the brand's history and in the current car market.
The 408’s design, with its feline stance, gives it a unique look. Its aerodynamics and electric engines are focused on efficiency. Its instinctive technologies are dedicated to driving pleasure.
The engine range includes two Plug-In hybrid versions developing 135 and 168 kW respectively, and a 97 kW 3-cylinder 1.2 PureTech petrol version. All of them are combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 100% electric version will be launched at a later date.
The Li-ion battery of both plug-in hybrids has a capacity of 12.4 kWh and an output of 102 kW. Two types of on-board chargers are available: a 3.7 kW single-phase charger as standard and a 7.4 kW single-phase charger as an option. Charging time varies from 1 hour 55 minutes to 7 hours 5 minutes depending on the type of socket available.
The new 408 is 4.69 m long and has a generous wheelbase of 2.79 m for maximum space and a 536-litre boot.
Another interesting Peugeot on display is the e-208 GT, which has undergone a major technological upheaval by adopting the engine of the new e-308. Maximum power has increased by 15%, from 101 to 117 kW, while a major effort on efficiency has reduced energy consumption to just 14.6 kW/h (for the e-208 GT). As a result, the range has jumped by 10.5% (+38 km) to 398 km (for the e-208 GT).
Also on display is the 308 SW sporting an ultra-modern design with a length of 4.64 m and 2.73 m wheelbase. The Peugeot 308 SW comes with several types of engines: Plug-In hybrids (HYBRID 225 e-EAT8, HYBRID 180 e-EAT8), petrol (PureTech 130 S&S BVM6 and PureTech 130 S&S EAT8) and diesel (BlueHdi 130 S&S EAT8).
In addition to these models, the PEUGEOT stand at the Brussels Motor Show will host other electric models: the 100% electric e-2008 SUV, the 3008 Plug-in Hybrid, the 308 saloon, as well as the Peugeot e-EXPERT utility vehicle.
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