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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

Rating
Range, battery & charging Rating
Price
£28,155 - £33,205
Fuel Type:
Electric
RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
217 miles50kWh8hrs20mins

The Peugeot e-208 has an official range of 217 miles, and our brief test drive suggested that 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 is a great bonus in this class, 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 is offering buyers of its electrified cars six months' free subscription to the Polar Plus network. With a Polar Plus subscription, the majority of public points on the Polar network are free to use, with other charging on a per kWh basis starting at 12p per kWh.

Peugeot e-208 range

The Peugeot’s 217-mile official range (achieved under the latest WLTP test 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.

We’ll have to spend more time with the e-208 in the UK to give an accurate report on real-world range and efficiency, but our brief test drive abroad suggested a 200-mile range is more than achievable in summer, while around 150 miles seems likely in winter.

Charge time

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.

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