Peugeot is getting set to unveil an all-new 208 hatch at the Geneva Motor Show.

It’s designed and engineered to bring a “breath of fresh-air” to the compact hatch segment and offers a choice of powertrains from get-go including an all-electric version.

Peugeot says the electric powertrain is designed to offer “a lively, stimulating driving experience” :

  • electric engine develops 100kW and 260Nm of torque, the latter available from 0 km/h
  • it’s silent and produces zero vibration
  • technology display on central screen (real-time drive train functional display)

The so-called e-208 offers three drive modes:

  • Eco: to optimise range
  • Normal: optimum comfort for everyday use
  • Sport: priority is given to performance and sensations, maximum power and torque (0 to 100 km/h in 8.1s)

Two braking modes are also available via the gear lever, with appropriate battery regeneration:

  • Moderate, providing a sensation close to that felt when braking with a combustion engine
  • Augmented, for controlled deceleration by means of the accelerator pedal

Interior and boot-space is supposed to be identical to the petrol and diesel versions of the car.

The batteries, which take up 220 litres of space, are hidden under the floor pan

e-208 is fitted with a 50 kWh large-capacity battery that enables a range of up to 340km — or 450km — depending on which standard is applied.

Linked to the passenger compartment cooling system, fluid-cooled temperature control enables fast recharging, optimised range and increased life-span.

This battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km for 70 per cent of its charge capacity.

Charging modes are flexible and adapted to everyday use.

Three charge modes are possible:

  • using a conventional domestic socket or for a full charge in 16 hours, using a heavy-duty Legrand Green Up socket, supplied complete with charging cable,
  • from a Wall Box, providing a full charge in 5 hours 15 minutes for the three-phase version (11 kW) or in 8 hours for mono-phase (7.4 kW),
  • using a dedicated public charging terminal: battery thermal regulation permits the use of 100 kW chargers, 80 per cent of the charge being reached in 30 minutes.

e-208 can also be remotely charged if programed via the Connected Navigation screen or using the MyPeugeot smartphone application.

This system also enables you to start or stop charging at any time and allows you to check the charge status.

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