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Peugeot’s New Electric SUV Challenges Tesla’s Range


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E-3008’s Impressive 435-Mile Range Poses a Game-Changing Rivalry

In the electric vehicle (EV) landscape, renowned automaker Tesla has long been synonymous with impressive range capabilities. However, a surprising new rival has emerged in the form of the venerable French carmaker Peugeot. The recently unveiled Peugeot E-3008 is making waves with its remarkable WLTP range of 435 miles, putting it in direct competition with Tesla’s EV offerings.

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For years, Tesla held the crown in the electric car range competition, with models like the Model S leading the charge. Even when challenged by other automakers like Mercedes-Benz with the EQS, Tesla maintained its reputation. However, Peugeot’s E-3008 has now entered the arena, offering a significant challenge.

The Peugeot E-3008, a mid-range crossover SUV, is the product of Stellantis’ new electric era and is built on the cutting-edge STLA Medium platform. Upon its launch, the E-3008 will offer three drivetrain options:

  • Front-wheel drive with a 210kW (210bhp) motor and a 73kWh (net) battery.
  • Dual Motor all-wheel-drive with the same battery but a more powerful 240kW (320bhp) motor.
  • Front-wheel-drive Long Range version with a 170kW (230bhp) motor and a larger 98kWh (net) battery.

The standout feature of the Peugeot E-3008 is its Long Range 98kWh option, which delivers an impressive 435 miles of WLTP range, setting a new standard in its class. While not the fastest electric car on the market, the E-3008 offers respectable performance, making it a compelling choice for consumers.

Inside, the E-3008 features a 21-inch wraparound Panoramic i-Cockpit, a significant advancement in Stellantis’ dashboard and infotainment systems. It’s important to note that Peugeot positions itself as a mid-range brand, prioritizing affordability and practicality for families over extravagance.

What sets the Peugeot E-3008 apart is its remarkable range-to-price ratio. While specific pricing details have not been disclosed, indications suggest that the 98kWh version could be available for around £45,000 ($56,000). This positions it as a competitive alternative to Tesla’s offerings in the UK.

Stellantis plans to introduce more Peugeot models based on the STLA Medium platform, expanding its EV lineup. While Peugeot itself may not return to the U.S. market as a standalone brand, other Stellantis-owned European marques like Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Maserati are available in North America. With extensive production facilities in the region, affordable, long-range EVs based on the STLA Medium platform could soon become accessible to North American consumers.

The Peugeot E-3008 represents a significant milestone in the electric vehicle market. With its impressive 435-mile range, it challenges the notion that EVs lack the range of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. As it prepares to hit the market in February 2024, the E-3008 is poised to change perceptions and further drive the transition to electric mobility.