Peugeot Australia introducing first electric vehicles in 2022

Peugeot will introduce its first all-electric vehicles here in 2022, and options could include vans, small hatches and SUVs.

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Peugeot Australia will introduce its first battery-electric vehicles in 2022, following the introduction of its first plug-in hybrids later this year.

“Moving into 2022, we will be introducing full battery electric vehicles to the Australian market,” said Peugeot Australia general manager Kate Gillis.

“Whilst we are not currently in a position to confirm what they will be, various studies are underway and favourable,” a spokesperson added.

“We look forward to sharing more information later this year.”

Peugeot did confirm electric variants of its tradie-focused light commercial vehicles are currently among those under consideration for an Australian launch.

The company has recently introduced electric versions of its small Partner, mid-sized Expert and full-sized Boxer vans in Europe.

Peugeot Australia has also previously confirmed the redesigned 208 was being considered for a local launch, “more likely as a full electric than internal-combustion car”.

Peugeot also offers a battery-electric version of its redesigned 2008 small SUV in Europe, called the e-2008, which could be a tempting option for the company’s Australian operations given our country’s penchant for SUVs.

The introduction of the e-208 hatchback would give Peugeot a rival to the Mini Electric.

The front-wheel drive e-208 has a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh lithium-ion battery, with a claimed electric range of 340km under the more stringent WLTP test cycle.

That’s less power than the Mini Electric (135kW) but more range (233km).

The e-2008, which shares its EMP1 platform with the e-208, features the same electric powertrain though it has a claimed range of 310km.

The e-Partner uses the larger EMP2 platform shared with the likes of the Peugeot 508, though it also uses a 100kW/260Nm electric motor and a 50kWh battery.

Range is up to 275km depending on the version, while payload is up to 800kg.

The e-Expert, also on the EMP2 platform, features the same electric motor but offers a choice of 50kWh and 75kWh batteries and a payload of up to 1275kg.

Models with the smaller battery have a range of up to 230km (WLTP), while those with the larger battery have 330km of range.

Finally, the e-Boxer offers a choice of 37kWh and 70kWh batteries, payload of up to 1890kg, and the availability of single- and double-cab chassis models.

Power comes from a single 90kW/260Nm electric motor.

The e-Boxer has 117km of range (WLTP) with the smaller battery and 224km with the larger.

The e-Partner and e-Expert offer a 7.4kW single-phase charger as standard, with an 11kW three-phase charger optional, while the e-Boxer has a dual on-board charger for single-phase 7kW and three-phase 22kW power.

As with their internal combustion engine-powered counterparts, there are multiple variants available in each range including different body lengths.

Before its first EVs arrive locally, Peugeot will introduce plug-in hybrid versions of its 3008 and 508 in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The 3008 will come here in all-wheel drive Hybrid4 guise, while the front-wheel drive 508 PHEV will be available only with the fastback body.


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