Peugeot has announced the launch of its new plug-in hybrid petrol engine range. The new engines are available for the Peugeot 3008 SUV, and 508 and 508 SW, and have five new driving modes – the ZEV 100% electric mode, 4-wheel drive mode with the Hybrid4, Sport mode, Comfort mode or Hybrid mode.
The system is fitted with a high voltage lithium-ion (300V) battery, which has a capacity of between 11.8kWh and 13.2kWh, enabling the cars to drive up to 50km on a single electric charge.
Energy conservation is further enhanced through intuitive features including i-Booster, a braking system that conserves power as the car brakes or decelerates; and e-Save, enabling drivers to reserve electric energy for planned routes ahead. The vehicle can be recharged in less than two hours by using a 6.6kW 32A Wallbox.
“The Peugeot plug-in hybrid engines are a unique opportunity for the brand to complement the powerful ranges of the 3008 SUV and the 508 and 508 SW,” said Laurent Blanchet, Peugeot product director. “They give our customers the opportunity to buy a powerful 3008 or 508 that is efficient and provides improved sensations.”
The 508 and 508 SW hybrid brings together the PureTech 180ps engine with a 110ps electric motor for a combined maximum power of 225ps in traction and optimized fuel efficiency, with less than 49g of CO2 per km.
The 3008 will be equipped with the company’s Hybrid4 system. This provides 4WD with multi-link rear suspension equipped with a 110ps inverter. The system combines a 200ps PureTech engine and two electric motors (one at the front and the second at the rear) each reaching 110ps. This means the SUV will do 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds. The battery capacity is 13.2kWh for a 100% electric range of 50km.
The PureTech engine is combined with the new 8-speed Electric Efficient Automatic Transmission, specific to Peugeot PHEVs. An electric motor is linked to the box and reaches 110ps on the front suspension.
For optimal transition between electrical and thermal, the torque converter of the thermal versions gives way to a wet multiple-disc clutch. All these modifications offer a torque increase of 60Nm.