Peugeot is set to expand the 308 lineup with an all-electric model that will sit alongside the existing ICE and PHEV powered variants. The e-308 is likely to be available in both hatchback and SW versions and will be based on an electrified version of the EMP2 architecture. Plans for an EV variant of the compact hatchback were revealed last year from Peugeot Product Manager Jerome Micheron, but today we have more information about the upcoming model.
Initially, it was believed that the EMP2 platform underpinning the Peugeot 308, the DS 4, and the opel astra Along with many other models they would only come in ICE and PHEV form. However, from his passenger vans Using an extended version of the same architecture, Stellantis installed a larger battery and electric motors transforming them into electric vehicles.
Design changes inside and out will likely be minimal, following the example of the 208 supermini and the 2008 B-SUVs that are already available in all-electric form. Peugeot says the e-308 will offer more range and more power compared to the smaller one. e-208 thanks to a more efficient propulsion system. A single front-mounted electric motor will reportedly produce 154 hp (115 kW / 156 PS) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque, sending power to the front axle.
The energy will be stored in a 400 V underfloor heating battery with a capacity of 50 kWh (54 kWh gross) and a fast charging capacity of 100 kW. The new NMC811 battery chemistry technology will allow an efficiency of 12.4kWh / 100km. According to the project manager, Agnès Tesson-Faget, this will be the best of the competition. As reported by car, the e-308 will have a range of 250 miles (402 km), which is on par with the rumored range of the next Compact tesla.
Despite the larger and supposedly heavier battery, the lack of an ICE motor will result in a weight of around 1600 kg (3527 pounds), which is similar to the plug-in hybrid variant. Trunk space is expected to be 361 liters (12.7 cu ft) in the hatchback, as in the PHEV variant, and smaller than the 412 liters (14.5 cu ft) in the ICE-powered model.
The e-308 will share its fundamentals with the all-electric Opel Astra-e sibling that has been confirmed for a debut in 2023. Autocar reports that production of the electric Peugeot is expected to begin in July 2023, with the first deliveries shortly thereafter. The French model will compete with models like the VW ID.3 other Nissan leaf, Renault Megane E-Tech, along with the upcoming Tesla C-Segment hatchback.
The company expects the e-308 to account for a fair share of the 308’s sales, and Peugeot CEO Linda Jackson said the electric versions already account for up to 20 percent of the brand’s total sales, praising the French automaker’s multiple powertrain strategy as a commercial success.