Peugeot Fully Electrifies the Next Generation 208

By Gary Cutlack on at

Peugeot has revealed a lovely new jazz-up of its boring old lady shop mobile 208 series, with the new model range topped by a full EV option that's the most powerful of the lot.

An entire redesign of the car is coming for 2019, one that bins the front end of old to give the 208 a longer, lower and supposedly more "active" stance. The e-208 EV option is no toe-in-water experiment or token gesture either, as it's powered by a relatively large 50kWh battery that promises to eclipse the range boasts of current mainstream electric car star Nissan's Leaf, with a 100kW powertrain getting it to 60mph in 8.5 seconds. Not exactly supercar level, but faster than the petrol and diesel 208 models that'll arrive alongside it.

One additional selling point is the attachment of an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty to the EV version of the car's battery, which ought to win over a fair few waverers worried about range deterioration over the lifespan of an EV's battery and any damage done by whacking it on 100kW fast charging stations. The full EV 208 and its ICE equivalents are scheduled to arrive at the back end of this summer. [Peugeot via Top Gear]