Peugeot fulfilled its promise some time ago about launching a pure electric 308 by introducing a compact car without a combustion engine. The E-308 uses the same platform as the ICE model and is therefore largely a design inside and out. A new set of 18-inch wheels have been developed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind to squeeze a little further out of the battery pack.
By the way, the Peugeot E-308 relies on a new generation of batteries with a usable capacity of 51 kWh. Operating at 400 volts, the battery has a new chemical composition of 80 percent nickel, 10 percent manganese and 10 percent cobalt. Fully charged, it has enough juice for a range of over 400 kilometers (nearly 250 miles) in a WLTP cycle.
The front end and underbody have been subtly modified for better aero and there are new, low-friction tires for the same purpose. Peugeot has added a “Brake” driving mode that accentuates deceleration when the driver releases the accelerator pedal for increased energy recovery. Charging from the maximum supported power of 100 kW, it takes less than 25 minutes to go from 20 to 80 percent.
Available in hatchback and wagon body styles, the E-308 uses a newly developed electric motor that produces 156 horsepower (115 kilowatts) and 260 Newton-meters (191 pound-feet) of torque. No word on performance, apart from the promise of “direct responsiveness” as you’d expect from an EV that delivers its torque instantly.
Peugeot will sell the 2023 E-308 from the middle of next year in the Allure and GT trim levels. Customers can purchase hatchbacks or electric wagons directly from the company’s website and even trade in their old vehicles and finance new purchases using the online platform. The EV will be delivered to their home at no additional cost.
As a final note, Peugeot claims the E-308 SW is the European manufacturer’s first electric wagon. That’s not technically true because the Porsche Taycan Sport/Cross Turismo is also a zero-emission long-roof model. Both models join the MG5 Electric in the ICE-free carriage segment.