We are now moving on to another French car that has an important place in the electric vehicle market: the Peugeot e-208.
FEATURES AND SERVICES OF THE PEUGEOT E-206
In terms of the engine, Peugeot uses a 100kW (136hp) engine, just like Renault for the most powerful version of its Zoé. Moreover, without being able to be compared to Tesla vehicles, the e-206’s starting performance is good, with its 0 to 100 km/h in 8s, better than the Renault Zoé.
Peugeot’s car is also modern thanks to its design and options. For example, all the vehicles will be sold with the HD touch screen with voice recognition, as well as ambient lighting and drive assist, which will enable the driver to follow the trajectory and respect safety distances, particularly in traffic jams. The MyPeugeot application, like MyRenault, will be used to control remote recharging and the temperature inside the car.
RANGE AND RECHARGING OF THE PEUGEOT E-208
The 50kWh battery, guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000km by the manufacturer, provides a WLTP range of 340km, 50km less than its French competitor, the Renault Zoé.
As with other electric vehicles, several charging methods are possible.
At home, the standard single-phase type 2 cable is supplied to be able to charge with a power of 7.4kW with the installation of a 3.7kW secured and reinforced Green Up plug (16h for a full charge) or an 11kW WallBox terminal (7h30 for a full charge). However, the three-phase cable allowing a load power of 11kW is optional. It would allow the charging time with the WallBox to be reduced to 5 hours.
The same cable would also be required when recharging at the various public terminals accessible via the MyCar partner recharge card. On these terminals, the battery would reach 40% charge in 2 hours, which is slower, for example, than for the Renault Zoé.
On the contrary, the e-208 recharges much faster than the Renault Zoé on the motorway. Indeed, it is compatible with 100kW fast chargers and can therefore reach 80% autonomy in only 30 minutes.
HOW TO EVALUATE THE PEUGEOT E-208?
As we have seen, the French manufacturer’s electric car has certain qualities, particularly in terms of design and advanced services, which are not paid options. It can also boast a sportier design than the Renault Zoé, and a faster charging time on fast charge sockets. The e-208 can therefore occasionally be used on long journeys, although this is not the main role of this city car (150 km/h maximum).
However, Peugeot does not provide the cable for recharging at public terminals free of charge. In addition, Peugeot failed to achieve the five stars in the Euro NCAP test measuring the car’s safety, unlike its main competitors, due to a lack of pedestrian protection and driving aids. Its boot is also slightly smaller than that of the Renault Zoé. Its less efficient range than that of its rival may also tip the balance.
The Peugeot e-208 is therefore in the same range as the Renault Zoé and is sold at a similar price of the Life version of the latter ( 31490 euros versus 32000 euros).
The Peugeot e-208 in a nutshell
- A range of 340 km.
- A price starting from 31500 euros.
- Recharging in 7h30 at home and in 30 minutes on fast charging stations
- A use for urban trips and some longer trips.