Test – Peugeot e-208 (2022): the charging and travel times of our Supertest

Peugeot e-208

The Peugeot e-208 is an excellent urban electric car. But can you give in to the exercise of road tripping? Complete answers with this second part of the Supertest.

Small, light and tested at optimal temperatures, the Peugeot e-208 has obtained good scores in terms of consumption. Better presentation? An average of 11.1 kWh/100 km on our favorable circuit. But the difference is significant on the road and autonomy quickly melts away. If it is not that high in absolute terms, its battery of only 46 kWh weighs heavily on it. We then ended up with an average of 20.8 kWh/100km on our long 500km motorway drive. This raises the autonomy to 221 km, or 155 useful km between 80 and 10% load. But luckily, charging performance isn’t really at the bottom of the table.

Peugeot e-208 charging curve: a useful full tank in 27 minutes

The Peugeot e-208 has a maximum charging power of 100 kW and promises 30 minutes to recover 80% autonomy. A value quite close to reality since we timed 10-80% in 27 minutes very accurately.

A particularly good time allowed by its fairly well controlled load curve. From the start, the urban car will seek its maximum charge peak, which can hold up to 35% charge. This is where it descends from a first step to stabilize just below 80 kW of power. The second plate is shorter, since it falls just after 60%, to achieve a power of 56 kW at 80% load. At this point, this is 44% less than the advertised and observed maximum power.

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But the balance is less promising then, because, from 81 or 82% (depending on the terminals), the power drops suddenly and there are only 27 kW left up to 90% load. Beyond 80%, it takes an additional 10 minutes to reach 90%. Cela corresponds to the moyenne qu’on observe avec the majorité des autres électriques (in terms of percentage), mais cela a autrement d’importance avec e-208, puisque ces 10% de plus (22 km) pourraient être bien utiles selon the stages. On the other hand, the end of charge is useless because you have to wait 26 minutes to go from 90 to 100%. In the end, full charge (10-100%) immobilizes the car for 63 minutes.

Typical recharge curve
10 to 80% 80 to 100% 10 to 100%
Charging time (in min) 27 36 63
Autonomy gained (in km) 155 44 199

Autonomy recovered: 161 km in 30 minutes

With a maximum load power that is generally correct for the category and a well-maintained curve, the load exercise does not turn out to be a desperately long one. At least if we refer to the track width (in % at the terminals, in km on the dashboard). Because with such a measured autonomy, the gains are scarce: it takes 15 minutes to recover 99 km of average autonomy according to our measurements.

But if you have to be careful in general with the estimated autonomy of electric cars, you have to be even more so with that of the e-208, which is still ten kilometers too optimistic regarding current consumption, but also imprecise. when recharging. Between 10 and 50%, the car gains 12 km of autonomy announced every 10% on average. Then the increase goes to 20 km every 10%, to finally stop at 364 km of autonomy (the WLTP value) when restarting with a fully charged battery, even on the road.

Recovered autonomy
Charging time (in min) fifteen 30 Four. Five 60
Autonomy gained (in km) 99 161 183 197

Cost of charging the Peugeot e-208

In the nine steps in fast terminals that we carried out in this Supertest as a whole, we observed an average of 49.37 kWh registered by the terminals for full filling. This is enough to make the calculation according to the operator’s price list. In Ionity you will have to have a complete one at €34.05. Electra, which continues to be the most economically attractive operator, lowers the bill to 21.70 euros. The full payload would then fluctuate from €23.85 to €15.20 respectively.

On our 500 km reference run, we made three top-ups (one Fastned and two Ionity), for a total amount of €52.33 not including operator fees. The cost of using the kilometer depends as always on the solution chosen in the end to find the starting SoC. In the case of recharging at home at the end of the journey to recover the initial charge, the total cost of the journey would increase to almost €11.50/100 km.

Travel time for 500 km: 5h32

The Peugeot e-208 does not have a route planner. Or even any competence in electric mobility: it is unable to alert the driver in case of insufficient autonomy to reach the selected destination. As such, it doesn’t do any better than the Chinese cars we were able to test in the section, like the MG and Aiways. Too bad, to travel serenely, it will be necessary to go through third-party applications. Or furiously scratching his head to estimate the steps.

For our part, we began to have a large database that allows us to anticipate routes and optimize journeys to the maximum. By our calculations, arriving at the Electra station in Beaune would be within the ropes of the city car, arriving with electron dust. But the strategy seems risky, especially since it wouldn’t save much time.

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In the end, we preferred to make three stops, as Chargemap and ABRP also planned. But if the estimated end-of-stage charge rates are fairly close to reality with these apps, the recharge times are particularly pessimistic. It should be noted that aside from the overly long travel times according to ABRP, this app is the closest to reality with estimates of charging times and charging rates.

In the end, to the usual travel time (here 4h31 with our three stops in rest areas), we add 1h01 to recharge. This brings the total to 5:32. It is almost as fast as the Renault Megane e-Tech or the Volkswagen ID.3, slightly larger and designed for a slightly more versatile use. Therefore, the Peugeot e-208 is not as catastrophic as its ridiculous observed range might suggest. What makes a traveler? Nothing is less secure. But you’ll be able to stick to the exercise, as long as you’re forward-thinking and not in a big hurry.

What is the Supertest?

Lovers of numbers and allergic to official technical sheets, the Supertest, Automobile-Propre’s new test format, is made for you, gathering the data collected during a test in real conditions and according to a transparent and precise protocol. We will add them the Wednesday following the publication of the second part dedicated to the Peugeot e-208 to our summary article allowing to compare the scored values ​​of the tested models, which will make all the value of the rubric.

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