The Peugeot 508 Plug-In Hybrid Saloon: The Complete Guide

The Peugeot 508 PHEV

Overview


Peugeot is part of the Netherlands based Stellantis N.V., which was formed by the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italian/ American) and Groupe PSA (French). You may not be familiar with these names, but the automotive brands in the portfolio would be well known to most consumers. These include: Maserati, Opel, Vauxhall, Jeep, FIAT, Alfa Romeo etc.

Peugeot was founded in 1810 in Eastern France (Sochaux), and has a rich heritage in motor racing and the broader automotive sector. Peugeot has won many awards for its passenger cars, to include, six European Car of the Year awards. As part of the broader Groupe PSA, Peugeot is very committed to the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The company’s portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) i.e. pure electric vehicles, include:



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The Peugeot 508 PHEV Saloon


The Peugeot 508 family saloon car has been manufactured since 2010. The plug-in hybrid variant was released in 2019. The electric vehicle (EV) is available as a front-wheel drive (FWD). PHEVs are appropriate for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving.
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling.
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations.
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis.
  • Keen to save money.

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The 508 plug-in electric vehicle has a 11.5 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 26 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 20 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Peugeot PHEV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

Peugeot 508 PHEV
The Peugeot 508 PHEV (credit: Peugeot)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Saloon
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric: HYBRID 225 e-EAT8
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (4 Options)
Allure (from £36,010)
Allure Premium (from £37,010)
GT (from £38,010)
GT Premium (from £40,010)

PROSCONS
An affordable family saloon PHEVStandard on board charger only 3.7 kW (option to upgrade to 7.2 kW at additional cost)
Practical and comfortable to driveLimited electric driving range (26 miles)
Cheap to drive on electric modeBuild quality could be improved

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (11.5 kWh)
Charging:On-board charger: 3.7 kW standard. 7.4 kW AC optional
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:30g – 38g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh£1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1403
Width (mm):1859
Length (mm):4750
Wheelbase (mm):2793
Cargo Volume:487 L

Peugeot 508 (HYBRID 225 e-EAT8)
EV Battery Capacity:11.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):26 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (MPG):235.4 – 166.2
Charging:On-board charger: 3.7 kW standard. 7.4 kW AC optional
Top Speed:155 mph (electric: 84 mph)
0-62 mph:8.3 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel Drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (hp):181
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Kerb Weight (kg):1,745
Colours:7

Peugeot 508 PHEV
The Peugeot 508 PHEV (credit: Peugeot)

Peugeot 508 PHEV
The Peugeot 508 PHEV (credit: Peugeot)

Peugeot 508 PHEV
The Peugeot 508 PHEV (credit: Peugeot)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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