Peugeot opens the pre-order books for the all-electric version of the upcoming 208 series. The Group had presented details of the fully electric version at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Now the e-208 is open for reservation in the United Kingdom with a £500 deposit.
Peugeot is releasing its 208 in petrol and diesel versions, but more importantly as a fully electric version. As we reported in February with more detail, the small electric car will have an output of 100 kW and a 50 kWh battery, reaching 100 kph in 8.1 seconds. The e-208 achieves a distance of 340 kilometres (311 miles) according to WLTP and 450 kilometres according to NEDC. Customers can choose from a range of charging methods, including 100 kW rapid charging, capable of achieving an 80% charge in 30 minutes, according to Peugeot.
The Peugeot 208 is based on the latest CMP (Common Modular Platform) platform from Groupe PSA, which adapts to different bodies and motors. Thus, the CMP platform provides the basis for both the ICE versions of the 208 and the electric drive (e-CMP).
David Peel, Managing Director of Peugeot UK said: “We’re delighted that our all-new Peugeot 208 reservation site has now opened. This is a hugely exciting model for us.”
With new driver assistance systems, the new Peugeot 208 variants pave the way for semi-autonomous driving including ACC with Stop&Go function, which adjusts the distance programmed by the driver to the vehicle in front among other things. The Lane Positioning Assistant keeps the vehicle semi-autonomous in the lane and from 65 km/h on, the system reacts with a progressive counter-steering system.
Following reservations, which are now open in the UK and can be made online, firm orders for the new Peugeot 208 can be placed in the UK from late summer 2019, before the company releases the model in early 2020. Once demonstrators arrive in the UK, reservation holders will be invited to try the Peugeot 208 electric car for themselves. They will have up to seven days to cancel their order should they subsequently change their minds and have the £500 deposit fully refunded.
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.
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