Peugeot e-208 range, battery & charging
The electric Peugeot 208's range of 217 miles will be more than enough for most, and 100kW rapid charging is the best in the small-car class
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The Peugeot e-208 has an official range of 217 miles, and our time with the car suggested a real-world range of 200 miles is achievable in the summer – we’d expect it drop to more like 150 miles on long motorway journeys or in winter.
A standard CCS port and rapid-charging capability are great to have, although it’s a shame there’s no cable storage and you have to pay extra for a three-pin cable to charge from a normal domestic socket.
From early 2020, Peugeot offered buyers of its electrified cars six months' free subscription to the BP Pulse (formerly Polar Plus) network. With a subscription, the majority of public points on the network are free to use, while others charging on a per kWh basis.
Peugeot e-208 range
The Peugeot’s 217-mile official range (achieved under the latest WLTP testing procedure) is short of the 245-mile range offered by the Renault ZOE, but still more than enough for most people looking to buy an electric car. Our time with the car suggested a 200-mile range is more than achievable in summer, while around 150 miles seems likely in winter.
The Peugeot’s 50kWh battery will charge in eight hours from a 7kW home wallbox, which we’d certainly recommend you have installed if at all possible. You can also set timed charging using the touchscreen or a phone app, and plugging the car in is easy; the CCS and Type 2 port is on the rear flank, where you’d expect the fuel filler to be.
You can upgrade to an 11kW on-board charger for £300, which doesn’t affect the speed of charging at a normal 7kW charging point, but it does mean the e-208 will charge up even faster if you have access to an 11kW charger – these require three-phase electrics that are typically only installed on industrial sites or campsites.
Rapid charging happens through the CCS port, using which the e-208 will top up at 100kW, which translates to 100 miles of range in around 20 minutes. Unfortunately, 50kW charging stations are more common in the UK; they'll do the same in 30-40 minutes. If you think you might want to charge at a three-pin domestic plug occasionally, you’ll have to pay a little extra to get the necessary cable (which is a shame, as most electric cars get this as standard). It’ll take over 21 hours for a full charge this way.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe electric Peugeot 208 is a smart, grown-up package that's fun to drive and has both a useful range and rapid-charging capability
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingThe electric Peugeot 208's range of 217 miles will be more than enough for most, and 100kW rapid charging is the best in the small-car class
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe electric Peugeot 208 is one of the most affordable electric cars to buy and run on sale today
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe electric Peugeot 208 is nippy enough and has deft handling that lives up to its sporty looks
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortA striking dashboard design and textural finish give the electric Peugeot 208 the edge for perceived interior quality and design appeal
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe electric Peugeot 208 has room enough for four average-sized adults, but there’s no cable storage or under-bonnet storage
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe electric Peugeot 208 has good safety equipment, although others fare better in crash tests and there’s no space-saver spare wheel