The Peugeot e-2008, the electric version of the brand’s small crossover, has been approved for sale in Australia following recent hints it could arrive this year.

    The French brand confirmed the e-Partner electric van will be its first electric vehicle (EV) Down Under, arriving locally in the first half of this year.

    It has also previously said it’ll offer EVs across its passenger car, SUV and light commercial vehicle ranges.

    “Final evaluations are underway for e-2008. We’re looking forward to sharing more information about our continued electrification journey in Australia soon,” said a spokesperson for Peugeot Australia.

    Government approval documents seen by CarExpert list just one e-2008 model: a single-motor variant with a 100kW electric motor and a 50kWh battery pack. While a torque figure isn’t listed, we know it has 260Nm of torque.

    The European-spec Peugeot e-2008 has a claimed range of up to 344km according to stricter WLTP testing.

    As standard the Australian-spec e-2008 will come with the larger 18-inch alloy wheels (instead of 17s) with a tyre repair kit. It’ll also be able to be optioned with a sunroof.

    The Peugeot e-2008 has a tare mass of 1548kg, which is roughly 350kg heavier than the petrol-powered model.

    At this stage it’s unclear how much the e-2008 will cost locally, but the petrol range currently tops out at $51,188 before on-road costs for the GT Sport.

    In the UK the e-2008 is roughly 25 per cent more expensive than the equivalent petrol model, which suggests it could be priced around the $65,000 before on-road costs bracket.

    Peugeot Australia managing director Kate Gillis hinted to CarExpert late last year the e-208 and e-2008 are likely to be the next two cabs off the rank following the e-Partner in its EV assault.

    The e-308 is also under evaluation, and could launch in 2024.

    Peugeot has indicated it wants to bring the people mover version of the Partner van to Australia, which appears to open the door to its electric e-Rifter variant.

    While Peugeot has rolled out plug-in hybrid version of its 3008 and 508 locally, with PHEV versions of the 308 and 508 Sportswagon to follow, the e-Partner will be the first EV it offers here.

    In Europe, however, there’s already a wide of EVs. These include the aforementioned e-208 and e-2008, as well as the e-Expert, e-Boxer, e-Rifter and e-Traveler.

    The company has already revealed the e-308 hatch and wagon, and confirmed the upcoming 408 will be available with an electric powertrain.

    In Europe at least, it will have an electric version of each of its models by 2025 and will cease sales of combustion-powered vehicles on the continent from 2030.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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