Electric Peugeot 208 Will Appear Mostly Unchanged From ICE 208

AUG 31 2018 BY MARK KANE 25

Peugeot 208 will get an electric version, but you might not recognize it as different from the standard 208.

The all-electric version of the popular Peugeot 208 is expected in 2019, and the closer it gets to the market launch, the more the signs indicate that it will be quite similar to the conventional version.

The French BEV will be based on the e-CMP platform – the EV version of Common Modular Platform (CMP) under development by PSA Group and Dongfeng. It will enable it to produce various models in different powertrain options.

The same approach concerns exterior and interior, as only minor details will distinguish the BEV from its ICE counterpart:

  • only a few modifications
  • flat front grille like in other modern BEVs
  • new EV-specific submenus in its infotainment system

Gilles Vidal, Director of Design at Peugeot, said:

“We do not need to shout about the fact that this car is the electric version. The powertrain will complement the [rest of the] 208 range, rather than become its own version.”

Interesting is that the silent operation of the electric version requires the automaker to address “noises you wouldn’t normally hear”, and this influenced the development of the rest of the model range.

“The sound of the gearbox and the tyre noise are more noticeable, so we’ve worked hard to lower those sounds on the 208.”

Vidal add also that Peugeot doesn’t see sense of special EV sub-brand like in cars of Volkswagen I.D.

“We have no intention of launching a [stand-alone] electric brand for now. For us, the [e-CMP] platform means the cars can take several powertrains as part of our plan [to offer an electric version of each model by 2025].”

Source: Autocar

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25 Comments on "Electric Peugeot 208 Will Appear Mostly Unchanged From ICE 208"

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Europe really needs this kind of cars if and when they manage a price of 25000 EUR.

I am currently driving the 208. A practical small city car and one of Peugeot’s bestsellers. If the technical data of the EV version are only reasonably up to date, they would certainly find many buyers.

A 50 kWh battery, proper TMS, 100-150 kW fast and 22 kW AC charging for less than 25000 euros and I would buy it immediately.

That’s a bit optimistic. 40 kW, 70 kW DC and 7-11 kW AC is more likely.

For the battery it’s definitely 50kw or possibly better.

Thinking of the space available for the battery in such small ICE platform car, it seems unlikely that such big battery can be fitted even if energy density of batteries gradually increases. Think e-Golf that has 36 kWh battery taking all the space available without reducing interior or trunk space. 208 is one size smaller. Happy to be proven wrong, though.

And this project was already presented in 2016…

kWh…. 😉


Maybe a little bit. But If you consider that you can buy the Zoe with the 40 kWh battery and 22-43 kW charging speed for two years now and that the original price has already fallen below € 30,000 (Germany). It shouldn’t be to hard for Peugeot to build a quite similar car with somewhat better features for the same price in 1.5 years from now on.
Even the 100 kW CCS should be the minimum by then.

The Zoe has saved on the DC charging, though.

For such a small car, price is more important than battery size and charging speed. 40 kWh like the Zoe and the Leaf is probably enough to sell it.

Buy a Kona or Niro if you want a larger car with larger batteries.

Less than 35000€ including tax would be cheap enough to sell. Just look at the eGolf.

(e)Golf is one size larger, a compact rather than a subcompact (comparable to the 308, not 208). The 208 is the same size class as the Polo.

You are calling it a city car, yet you are asking for specs that would only be relevant when going on long trips…

Just because the size of the car is well suited for the city does not mean that I do not want to drive longer distances. The ICE 208er is the only car in our household (2 people) and that will be the EV version too.

I think we are now beyond the time in which an electric car can only be used as a second and third car with specific applications. The fewer cars need to be produced the better.

In addition, a higher battery capacity means fewer cycles, more buffer against degradation and a wider range of people to whom you could resell the car.

That’s fair, and I agree that a more capable and thus more flexible car will be more useful in general… I just found it strange that you explicitly called it a city car 🙂

I like the idea of electric versions from regular cars. And this will be improve the fabrication costs and owning. Same windshield, bumpers, seats, doors, lights… let’s see, the price and main figures I think could be near that Zoe ones.

At low volumes, a minimally modified conversion is likely the cheapest option. At larger volumes, a dedicated, fully optimised platform is better. In either case, a dedicated platform offers various practical advantages in terms of efficiency, usable space etc.

I am always wondering why almost all manufacturers do not try to use the full design freedom obtained by replacing an internal combustion drive train with an electrical drive train. You would expect some companies to make completely different designs, which may not have been feasible before.

The approach by Peugeot is great. Why spend so much money on new design of car body, making mess with new models etc. The ideal situation would be that lots of parts of old Peugeot 208 fit into electric 208

Problem is, generally speaking the ICE car’s form factor isn’t efficient for a BEV. e.g., the engine compartment is much too large and would be wasted in a BEV.

Eh…like in Tesla Model S?

cool, more cars, more choices

GOOD!!!! I wish more companies would quit trying to reinvent the wheel! I will be first in line to buy an EV 208!

Great! The 208 is an amazing car and proven to be super reliable, too.