The latest Peugeot 308 was previously presented in the PHEV variant or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Presented in two variants: saloon and estate SW, now Peugeot is releasing a fully electric version. The French brand’s move has strengthened its position as the first producer from Europe to offer electric estate.
Both are supported by a new electric motor capable of producing 156 hp of power and a maximum torque of 260 Nm which of course came out from the start to accelerate. He is supplied with electricity from a 54 kWh battery which is claimed to be able to roam as far as 400 km. Based on internal testing, the consumption is 12.7 kWh per 100 km. Interestingly the embedded power supply has a new composition, consisting of 80% nickel, 10% manganese and 10% cobalt. It can be charged using standard 11 kW to 100 kW charging. So that the battery charging time can be reached in 25 minutes from the 20% to 80% position.
This efficiency is also supported by the use of a gearbox that ensures optimal cruising range, while maintaining high performance. In addition, Peugeot also presents improvements on the aerodynamic side, especially on the front and underside. Then optimizing weight and strengthening grip on tires.
The 308 is also presented with driving mode options namely Eco, Normal and Sport. So users can be more flexible in choosing performance based on the desired driving style. It also has a Brake mode that increases deceleration when the acceleration pedal is released.
Speaking of design, the latest Peugeot distinctive style is inserted. The snout is longer and looks sharp. The daytime running light (DRL) which is positioned vertically at the edge of the headlamp reinforces the character of the E-308. The Matrix LED headlights are made to flow, as if blending with the three-dimensional accented grille. The grille features a massive Peugeot badge. Behind is not much different, the sporty impression radiates strongly. Sharp and rigid curves put forward a sporty and elegant aura. Plus Peugeot’s signature three-claw combination lamp. On the sides are mounted 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels which are claimed to be developed specifically for the fully electric version. Its advantage lies in the high level of aerodynamics.
Inside the cabin is added the latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit. Which consists of a heated steering wheel, a 3-dimensional head-up display that can be adjusted by yourself and a massive 10-inch touch screen. It can be connected to electronic communication devices via i-Connect Advanced technology. A futuristic style that is in line with the concept of electrification is shown through the virtual i-toggle for vehicle function settings.
In addition to a head unit that can be connected to a smartphone, a car can too. Through the MyPeugeot application, owners can control vehicle functions from starting the engine to the air conditioner remotely. There is also a Free2Move e-solutions application that allows users to plan travel routes that are integrated with charging stations.
The latest model is offered in two trims: Allure and GT. Available in mid-2023, in some countries it can be purchased online. Even Peugeot emphasizes buying through that route.