If you’re looking to treat yourself to either a Peugeot e-208 or e-2008 lease in the new year, you’re in luck - because both models have been given extra electric range thanks to a few technological tweaks.
The e-208 is a funky little hatchback that recently scooped the ‘Best Electric Car' gong at Autocar's 'Britain's Best Cars Awards.
The larger e-2008, on the other hand, is an affordable and stylish SUV that won the ‘Best Crossover' at the TopGear Electric Awards 2021.
Both of those cars are actually driven by the same powertrain - a 50kWh battery and a 100kW, or 136hp, electric motor.
And now, thanks to some clever tinkering from the men in white coats at Peugeot, some extra miles of range has been eked out of the battery.
The e-208’s range jumps up from 217 miles to 225 miles, while the e-2008 range has risen from 206 miles to 214 miles. They might be fairly modest increases, but with ‘range anxiety’ a very real deal for EV lease customers, in the words of one famous supermarket, ‘every little helps’.
As far as the e-208’s improvements are concerned, a Peugeot spokesperson tells us: “An interior humidity sensor located at the top of the windscreen is introduced, while the efficiency of the heat pump has improved, which together heat and cool the interior more effectively, resulting in improved electric range, particularly in winter months. A mechanical development sees the introduction of a new gearbox ratio helping to optimise electric range at higher speeds, particularly on motorway journeys.”
It’s a very similar story with the e-2008 SUV, which now also benefits from new fuel-efficient 17-inch tyres with better rolling resistance.
Elsewhere, the range line-ups for both the traditionally-powered 208 and the petrol or diesel 2008 have also been changed slightly on the back of customer feedback.
For both the hatchback and the SUV, the base ‘Allure’ variants have actually been ditched, leaving just the higher spec Active Premium, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium variants.
And that means the new base level Active Premium features, as standard, 16 inch alloys, a 7 inch infotainment screen and full phone connectivity.
With the e-2008, there’s a ‘streamlined’ engine line-up that includes 1.2L PureTech 100, 1.2L PureTech 130 and 1.2L PureTech 155 petrol engines or a 1.5L BlueHDi 110 diesel mill.
Active Premium models come standard with 16-inch ‘ELBORN’ alloy wheels and ‘Black Diamond’ door mirrors, as well as LED daytime running lights with Peugeot’s distinctive ‘Tooth’ design.
Meanwhile top-of-the range GT Premium models come standard with either of 18-inch alloys, adaptive cruise control and ‘Lane Positioning Assist’ tech to keep you safe on the roads.
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