Peugeot will launch the 100% electric version of the 308 in 2023, that is, one year after the arrival at dealerships of the electric Mégane E-Tech. Should Renault fear this new competitor? First response items.
The 308 adds another rope to its bow. Already offered with two rechargeable hybrid blocks, it will be available in 2023 in a 100% electric version. Thus motorized, it will come to face the new Mégane, which this summer took control of the French market in terms of electric vehicles.
Peugeot and Renault went opposite ways for these models. While Losange offers a new vehicle with a dedicated electric base, the CMF-EV, Lion has decided to electrify the current 308, with the EMP2 platform. This is not one of the new STLA bases yet.
So should we be afraid of lower profits for the e-308? Before comparing these models in real life next year, we offer you a first comparison of their technical characteristics.
Peugeot presents the electric 308, with a disappointing autonomy
The 308 points to the mid-range
Since its launch, the Mégane has offered two power levels: 96 kW or 130 hp and 160 kW or 220 hp. There are also two battery capacities: 40 and 60 kWh (usable capacity). The first is low power, the second high power, except for an optimized 130 hp Evolution ER version with a 60 kWh battery.
Peugeot is currently content with a single variant, with new elements. Forget about the 100 kW motor and the 50 kWh battery of the rest of the group’s electric models. Here, the power is 115 kW or 156 hp. Therefore, the brand plays the mid-range aspect, without seeking to compete for power. No problem, in fact it’s not really useful for the client. However, the manufacturer has not yet communicated the performance values.
On the battery side, the e-308 announces 54 kWh of gross capacity and 51 kWh of useful capacity. This version is thus located between the two offers of the Mégane. As expected, the latter will maintain the advantage of maximum autonomy. If its basic version announces 300 km, the EV60 version promises 450 km, or even 470 km in Evolution ER. On the Peugeot side, we promise just over 400 km.
Which isn’t too bad considering the size of the battery, but it might seem fair with a fairly family-oriented compact vehicle. More than autonomy, Peugeot highlights the consumption of the e-308. Thanks to the aerodynamic improvements (in the front and underbody) and the use of tires that limit friction losses, Peugeot announces a record consumption of 12.7 kWh per 100 km. The best Mégane is approved at 15.5 kWh!
More powerful charging at Renault
The Mégane can regain the advantage on the cargo side, where the 308 is falling behind. In alternating current, the latter announces 11 kW. In direct current it is up to 100 kW max. For Renault, the most economical version is satisfied with an alternating current recharge of 7.4 kW (standard charge). It is 22 kW with the “boost” and “optimum” versions. On the direct current side, there are 85 kW for the “boost” version and 130 kW for the “super” and “optimum” versions.
If the EMP2 platform seems to limit the technical characteristics of the e-308, it can give an advantage over life on board. However, Peugeot has not yet given volume to the trunk of this electric version, volume that can be affected by the battery, as in the hybrid. Except for a bad surprise, the habitability should not change. The 308 could therefore be more welcoming than the Mégane, where you can feel confined to the bench seat.
On the driver’s side, while the Renaults have long suffered from comparison with the Peugeots, the Mégane has set the record straight and is therefore up to date, with its OpenR system, two 12-inch screens for the instrumentation and infotainment, the latter taking advantage of Google’s connected services. The atmosphere is quite techno. It is also in the 308, but with a packaging that seems more sporty to us. Of course, there are the elements of the i-Cockpit, including a small steering wheel and instrumentation in height. The central 10-inch screen is complemented by a bar of customizable touch keys.
Renault Mégane e-Tech test: consumption, autonomy and performance measured by our Supertest
So, are you more about consumption or autonomy?
Clearly, playing the card of the mid-range version, the e-308 does not show the best data compared to the Mégane, which leaves a technical choice. In addition, Peugeot may be taking a risk by betting first on consumption. The e-308 better deliver on that promise.
If the model is not as efficient, the autonomy will vanish. However, it is still the purchase criteria that prevails for most customers, especially when we come to more familiar categories, and that will be proposed by the Mégane. For those making longer journeys, the Renault also has the benefit of fast charging which takes less time. Therefore, it seems more versatile.
Peugeot will also have to pay attention to prices, which are feared high while services are average. We see that an e-2008 already starts at €38,750. For €1,500 more, we have the supercharged Megane EV60. However, the 308 has a neat trick up its sleeve: a roomier station wagon version.
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