Peugeot is expanding its pure electric line-up with the e-308 hatchback and e-308 station wagon, with these promising a real-world range of up to 248-miles on a single charge.
Power comes courtesy of a 156bhp e-motor that draws its energy from a 54kWh battery that is mounted in the floor. The longer, more practical station wagon is particularly significant, say Peugeot, as it is the first fully electric estate.
With an on-board three-phase 11kW charger provided with the car as standard, drivers can also benefit from 100kW rapid charging, which will power the battery from 20 to 80% charge in less than 25 minutes.
Both have a choice of three drive modes – ‘Eco’, ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ – whilst ‘Brake’ increases the levels of regenerative braking when the driver lifts their foot off the accelerator. Driver aids include adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go function, long-range blind spot monitoring and Rear Traffic Alert for when reversing out of parking spaces.
Sold in ‘Allure’ and ‘GT’ trim levels, a new 18-inch aluminium wheel has been specifically developed for the electric versions of the hatchback and estate cars that share the same styling as their petrol- and diesel-powered siblings.
Therefore, Peugeot is spelt out in large letters on the nose of the sloping bonnet, with the Lion emblem moved to the centre of the front grille. ‘Fang’-shaped LEDs at the front and three-claw LED lights at the rear are other distinguishing features.
Inside, the new e-308 and e-308 SW get the latest generation of Peugeot’s ‘i-Cockpit’ that comprises a compact, heated steering wheel, customisable digital head-up display, and a 10-inch central touchscreen.
Peugeot claims designers have paid “particular attention to cabin craftsmanship, inventiveness with fully configurable virtual i-toggles, and connectivity including the latest i-Connect Advanced technology”. As a result, the infotainment system makes the “driving and travelling experience more intuitive and rewarding”.