Peugeot launches new petrol PHEV powertrains

By Graeme Roberts | 24 September 2018

Peugeots PHEV charge ports have coloured LED surrounds to show charge status. Location is left rear wing

Peugeot's PHEV charge ports have coloured LED surrounds to show charge status. Location is left rear wing

Peugeot has switched from diesel and announced the launch of a new plug-in hybrid petrol engine range destined for the 3008 SUV and redesigned 508 and 508 SW (wagon).

Modes include ZEV 100% electric mode, four wheel drive mode (with Hybrid4), Sport, Comfort or Hybrid.

The two or four-wheel drive powertrains are powered by a 300 volt lithium-ion battery with capacity between 11.8 KWh and 13.2KWh, allowing the cars to drive up to 50km or 30 miles on a single electric charge. 

Energy conservation includes i-Booster, a regenerative braking system which conserves power as the car brakes or decelerates, and e-save, allowing drivers to reserve electric energy for planned routes ahead.

The vehicles can be recharged in less than two hours by using a Wallbox (6.6 kW 32A). Guide lamps surround the charging socket to show battery charge. The charging hatch is located on the rear left wing of the vehicle. The charging system fits into specific storage under the boot floor.

The hybrid version of the i-Cockpit gives drivers access to all essential information such as electricity consumption and fuel consumption. Key driving information, such as driving mode, electric gauge level and available electrical distance is displayed in the driver's field of vision.

The 2WD powertrain combines the PureTech 180hp/132kW engine with a 110hp/80kW electric motor for a combined maximum power of 225hp/165kW in traction and optimised fuel efficiency, with less than 49g of CO2 per kilometre.

The 3008 SUV has the high-end system with four-wheel drive with multi-link rear suspension equipped with a 110hp/80kW inverter and reaches the equivalent of 300hp/220kW thanks to a 200hp/147kW petrol engine and two electric motors (one at each end) each reaching 110hp/80kW. It does 0 to 62mph in 6.5s. The battery capacity is 13.2kWh for a 100% electric range of 30 miles WLTP (60km NEDC).

The engine is combined with the e-EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission specific to the plug-in hybrid engines. An electric motor is linked to the box and reaches 110hp/80kW on the front suspension. For optimal and imperceptible transitions between electrical and thermal, the torque converter of the thermal versions gives way to a wet multiple-disc clutch. All these modifications offer a torque increase of 60Nm, for more reactivity.

The 4WD engine is only available in GT form complete with full Mistral black leather with aged grey oak trim. A few months after its launch, it will be joined in the range by 2WD with 225hp (165kW).