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 already-on-sale VW ID.4 and the Nissan Ariya that goes on sale later this year. Here’s everything we know about it so far:
Peugeot e-3008 platform
The first-ever Peugeot e-2008 (codename: Peugeot e-P64), derived from the next-gen Peugeot 3008 (codename: Peugeot P64), is expected to ride on the company’s new EV-specific eVMP platform (now classified as the ‘STLA Medium’).
Announcing the eVMP platform in July last year, Groupe PSA (now part of Stellantis and platform ‘STLA Medium’) said that it would be put into commercial use 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.
According to a report from theautomobilist.fr, Nidec-PSA emotors would manufacture the electric motors of the eVMP EVs in Tremery, France. Nidec-PSA emotors is a JV company of Groupe PSA and Nidec, established in 2018. The report stated that Groupe PSA will procure the battery packs from CATL initially and then change the source to a new JV company called Automotive Cells Company or just ACC, in short, established with Total’s Saft.
In September last year, Groupe PSA/Opel and Total/Saft signed an agreement to create the reported JV company ACC. Their joint announcement said that the JV company will manufacture high-performance battery packs for EVs from 2023. Speaking to largus.fr in November 2020, Yann Vincent, Managing Director, ACC, confirmed that Groupe PSA plans to use ACC-made battery packs in the eVMP platform-based EVs.
ACC plans to commence manufacturing of battery packs at two “gigafactories,” one located in Douvrin (France) and the other located in Kaiserslautern (Germany). Naturally, the Douvrin-made battery packs would be used for the Peugeot e-3008. But according to L’Argus, production in Douvrin won’t begin until late 2023 or early 2024, and the production capacity will be limited initially. It has been reported that Groupe PSA has signed a supply contract with BYD as a plan B. BYD will supply battery packs for the locally manufactured Peugeot e-3008 for domestic sales in China anyway.
Peugeot e-3008 specs
Groupe PSA had confirmed that the eVMP platform-based BEVs would come with 60-100 kWh (gross) battery pack options and FWD and AWD drivetrain layout options. The AWD configuration will offer a maximum power of up to 250 kW or 335 hp. The WLTP range of the eVMP platform-based BEVs will be between 400-650 km or 249-404 miles. Vincent has told L’Argus that the battery packs of these BEVs will have a classic NMC (Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt) chemistry but with a lower level of Cobalt.
In April 2021, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 was the third best-selling PHEV in France. Many customers may be waiting to make a switch to a pure electric Peugeot 3008 when it comes available.
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
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 last year 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 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.
While the Peugeot e-3008 is being developed on the upcoming eVMP platform, Stellantis’ recent announcements indicate that most of its EVs will switch to a new ‘STLA’ platform in the mid-to-long-term future. Western Europe-focused models like the Peugeot e-3008 would adopt the STLA Medium platform eventually. The picture here shows when Stellantis plans to release the first models based on the STLA platforms:
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)
Stellantis will present more details about its electric vehicle strategy during the Stellantis Electrification Day scheduled on July 8. Here, we expect to get the next update on the 3008 EV.
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