Peugeot increases efficiency, performance and range of the e-208

This is already the second update that the market leader for B-segment e-cars has received since its introduction in 2019. The focus is on optimising efficiency.

The core of the further development is the implementation of the drive train of the slightly larger e-308 model. Like the latter, the e-208 now also has an output of 115 kW instead of 100 kW as before. The associated increase in efficiency is reflected in the e-208’s average energy consumption of only 12 kWh per 100 km, and the range now reaches the 400-km mark, according to the manufacturer. Who notes that the certification process regarding the range is still ongoing.

The 10.5 percent increase in range is achieved with a battery pack with 50 kWh (48.1 kWh net); the manufacturer speaks of a “latest generation” system. Whether there is a change here compared to the setup offered so far is not clear from the announcement. 

There were probably no changes to the exterior design

According to Peugeot, the improvement implemented in 2021 already brought a noticeable increase in range, achieved through optimised tyres of efficiency class A+, the use of a heat pump and a change in the transmission ratio. The main contribution was made by the heat pump in conjunction with a temperature sensor; this optimised the heating performance for the same energy input in the passenger compartment, especially when driving at outside temperatures close to freezing. All these improvements have been carried over to the 2023 model, plus the e-308’s powertrain.

Not surprisingly, this modification, as is usual in the Stellantis group, will probably also be found in the Citroën C3-ë, which is scheduled for market launch in 2023. And likewise in the 2023 model of the Opel Corsa-e.

Text: Werner Köstle
Images: Peugeot/Stellantis

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