Peugeot e-3008 electric SUV to rival VW ID.4 from 2023 [Update]

The next-gen Peugeot 3008 range is said to include a first-ever Peugeot e-3008 all-electric SUV. The new compact electric SUV will challenge the VW ID.4 and the Nissan Ariya that goes on sale in most markets next year.

The current-gen 3008 has been in production for about 5 years, and over a million copies have been sold (as of 17 November 2021). Stellantis says that European sales account for 65% of the production volume, which is another reason for a pure-electric variant to come in during the next generation. Stellantis considers the 3008 as the embodiment of the “Power of Choice,” as it offers 2WD, 4WD and PHEV versions. The missing link then, is the BEV, which should join the lineup within two years.

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming e-3008:

Peugeot e-3008 platform

Early reports said that the first-ever Peugeot e-3008 (codename: Peugeot e-P64), could ride on the EV-specific eVMP platform. When Groupe PSA announced the eVMP platform in July 2020, it had said that it would commercialise it in 2023 and that the first model based on it will be a C-SUV. The Peugeot 3008 is the French conglomerate’s leading C-SUV across brands and is a strong contender for adopting new technologies. eVMP is a further developed EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2), but it is meant only for electrified vehicles.

Later, in January 2021, Groupe PSA and FCA merged and became Stellantis. The newly formed company announced a new STLA EV platform family that consists of STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large, and STLA Frame platforms. New reports say that STLA Medium is nothing but a renamed eVMP platform and that it will underpin the e-3008.

Stellantis STLA platfor roadmap
The Peugeot e-3008 (Peugeot e-P64) will reportedly sit on the STLA Medium platform. Image Source: Stellantis

Peugeot e-3008 specs

The STLA Medium platform underpinning the Peugeot e-3008 will allow it to be a strong competitor to compact SUVs like the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV. It could come with battery pack capacities ranging from 87 to 104 kWh (embedded). The largest battery pack will have the potential to deliver a range of up to 700 km (435 miles), but we expect the compact SUV’s maximum range to be close to 600 km (373 miles).

Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a JV company Groupe PSA and TotalEnergies formed in September 2020, will likely manufacture the battery packs of the Peugeot e-3008. Mercedes-Benz joined Stellantis and TotalEnergies’ partnership and became an equal shareholder (with 1/3 equity stake) of ACC in September 2021.

ACC plans to manufacture battery packs at two “gigafactories,” one located in Douvrin (France) and the other located in Kaiserslautern (Germany). ACC’s website says that the French facility will have a capacity of 8 GWh in 2023 and 24-32 GWh at a later stage. The German factory will generate 24-32 GWh. Naturally, the Douvrin-made battery packs would be used for the Peugeot e-3008.

STLA platform EV powertrain outputs
The Peugeot e-3008 should come in single-motor 2WD and dual-motor AWD variants. Image Source: Stellantis

Tremery, France-based Nidec-PSA emotors (NPe), a joint venture company Groupe PSA established with Nidec in 2018, would manufacture the electric motors of the Peugeot e-3008. Expect multiple single-motor 2WD and dual-motor AWD configurations. There’s no word on the power output, but, technically, Stellantis could offer powertrains with anywhere between 125 and 330 kW (168 and 442 bhp). Since the plug-in hybrid version entered the 3008 range, it has accounted for more than 11.7% of total sales, Stellantis said in November. Many customers would be waiting to make a switch to a pure electric Peugeot 3008 when it comes available.

New Peugeot 3008 PHEV facelift
The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is among the best-selling plug-in cars in France. Image Source: Stellantis

Peugeot e-3008 design

There’s not much that we know for sure about the Peugeot e-3008’s design, but the French media has given pointers. Citing sources, L’Automobile reported on June 19, 2021, that Peugeot wouldn’t use its current style light signature on the next-gen 3008. The vertical LED DRLs of the all-new second-gen 2008, which Peugeot says “lend the vehicle a saber-toothed look,” inspired the hook-shaped DRLs of the facelifted second-gen 3008. According to the French report, the company is getting rid of this light signature at the end of the second generation, at least in the 3008’s case.

The next-gen 3008, and thus the e-3008, could have twin headlamps with cues borrowed from the Peugeot e-Legend Concept. In that case, the headlamps would have the LED DRLs inside them. Expect the third-gen 308’s configurable virtual i-toggles that allow the driver to set a personalized shortcut key to various functions and shift-and-park-by-wire gearbox control. However, the latter would not be a big deal for the electric variant.

Peugeot U.S. launch plans aborted

On February 26, 2019, Groupe PSA (now a part of Stellantis) announced that it would relaunch the Peugeot brand in the United States under the second phase of its strategic plan Push to Pass (2019-2021). Larry Dominique, Chairman, and CEO, PSA North America, said in August 2020 that the company plans to introduce Peugeot in North America by 2023, as per thedetroitbureau.com.

In March 2021, a report from Automotive News Europe reported that Stellantis has canceled the return of Peugeot to the U.S. A company spokesman told ANE that the company will focus on existing brands in the country.

Stellantis electrification roadmap

Stellantis BEV PHEV targets 2025 2030
From hatchbacks to vans, SUVs, and pick-up trucks, Stellantis looks at fully electrifying almost all of its models by 2030. Image Source: Stellantis

Stellantis wants to electrify almost the entire portfolio this decade. While it doesn’t plan to get rid of the internal combustion engine by 2030, it does intend to offer customers a pure electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain option in most models by that time. The charts here show that the company aims to fully electrify 80% of models in Europe and almost 80% of models in the USA by 2026.

Stellantis’ Peugeot brand plans to go 100% electric in Europe by 2030. The company will sell only EVs in its regional home by the end of the decade, brand CEO Linda Jackson confirmed to Automotive News Europe. “By 2030, in Europe, all of our models will be electric,” Jackson said.

Announcing the STLA platform family at the company’s annual general meeting this year, Carlos Tavares, the company’s CEO, had said that STLA models would deliver more than 800 km of range and address the range-anxiety issue.

The STLA Small for A, B, and C entry products will do more than 500 km of range, the STLA Medium will deliver more than 700 km of range, and the STLA Large will deliver more than 800 km of range. Those platforms are sized to deliver no less than those numbers that they’ve just mentioned, which will address what we call the range-anxiety issue of electrified vehicles.

Carlos Tavares, CEO, Stellantis (Stellantis Annual General Meeting 2021)

Featured image: PSA