Peugeot, the worldwide brand which draws it’s expertise, preciseness and inventiveness from it’s strong French heritage, is powering ahead in the EV sector.
Following the $8625 government rebate, Kiwi car buyers are rapidly acquiring a taste for new Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).
With Peugeot’s sleek range of powertrains now available in New Zealand, the brand is booming back to the 90’s again – when it was the most in demand European car brand in the country.
Peugeot has two BEVs available – the fantastically fun and agile e-208 GT premium hatch from $59,990; and the powerful, dynamic and efficient e-2008 compact SUV from $69,990.
The Peugeot e-208 is at the forefront of mobility revolution, but also packs a punch in terms of style. The small car sets itself apart with its sporty silhouette, body-coloured grille and 17″ diamond cut alloy wheels.
The slightly bigger Peugeot e-2008 SUV boasts the same powerful, fluid, and generous lines as the petrol version, but adopts some exclusive and distinctive design features such as a body-coloured chequered front grille and a dichroic Lion which changes colour from different angles.
Electric driving comes with new driving sensations. Both models’ 100kW engine (136hp) provides instant acceleration with immediate engine torque of 260Nm, as well as the pleasure of flexible, dynamic, and silent driving. The e-208 and e-2008 deliver three driving modes: The ‘Sport’ mode which prioritises performance and driving sensations (0-100km/h in 8.5s), ‘Normal’ for everyday use and ‘Eco’ to optimise battery life and range.
To enjoy the full driving capability of Peugeot’s latest EV’s a number of charging options are available, at home or using public EV charging stations.
Both models are set to land in New Zealand for spring and qualify for the maximum rebate under the Clean Car Discount.
In 2022 the e-208 and e-2008 will be accompanied by an expanded range of Peugeot Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) that are eligible for a $5750 rebate.
Capping the PHEV range will be two high-performance Peugeot Sport versions of the 508 sedan and 508 estate/wagon pumping out 265kW and 520Nm.
In the second half of 2022, Peugeot will really take things up a notch on the battery-powered light commercial vehicle front with the debut of the mid-sized e-Expert and smaller e-Partner vans.
Both will have payloads (e-E: 1226kg; e-P: 800kg) and daily operating ranges (e-E: 330km; e-P: 245km) that will make them workable vehicles for businesses keen to be seen being clean.