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Electric Peugeot e-2008 info | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

ByGurinderbir Singh

May 3, 2023

Peugeot is about to launch its first electric car in Australia.

Having dabbled with plug-in hybrid versions of models such as the 308, the brand is going all-in with a battery-powered alternative to the likes of Tesla.

The Peugeot e-2008 is an electric version of the 2008 compact SUV, which means it’s closer in nature to a Hyundai Kona Electric or Mazda MX-30 EV.

The model ditches turbo petrol power in favour of an electric motor.

The unit sends 100kW and 260Nm to the front tyres, which should translate to adequate rather than impressive acceleration for a car of this size.

A 50kWh battery is on the modest size for a new EV in 2023, returning 328 kilometres of range.

That’s well less than the 500 plus kilometres promised by the new Cupra Born electric car for similar money.

Able to take on 100kW of energy at fast charging sites, the Peugeot needs half an hour to charge to 80 per cent of its maximum range.

Priced from $59,990 plus on-road costs (about $63,000 drive-away), the Peugeot costs about $16,000 more than petrol-powered cousins – a relatively slender premium for an electric car.

It has a modern cabin with driver assistance features and smartphone mirroring, alongside the gloss black exterior styling elements of the Peugeot 2008 GT compact SUV.

Even so, Peugeot does not expect to sell the car in significant numbers. Kate Gillis, managing director for Peugeot in Australia, says the first batch of cars will be a limited allocation.

“The e-2008 is going to be an important and eagerly anticipated addition to the local range as we continue on our electrification journey,” she said.

“The impending arrival will signify our first fully electric passenger vehicle on sale in Australia and provides us with the opportunity to further expand on the success of the premium 2008 SUV range.

“We are confident the e-2008 will provide discerning customers with a design-focused electric SUV and it is with great excitement that pre-orders are opening today.”

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