The Peugeot 508 SW Plug-In Hybrid Estate: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Price: From € 50,995
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Estate
Battery size: 11.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 56 - 62 km
Tailpipe emissions: 29 - 38g (CO2/km)


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The Peugeot 508 SW PHEV


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:

The Peugeot 508 family car has been manufactured since 2010. The 508 SW (estate) was launched in 2015. The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant was released in 2019. The electric vehicle (EV) is available as a front-wheel drive (FWD).

The estate car (station wagon) segment has had no shortage of options that offer ‘spaciousness’. However, very few offer style, alongside practicality, that too in an environmentally-friendly electric estate car. The Peugeot 508 SW plug-in hybrid is one of the few estates, that combines good looks, practicality and lower tailpipe emission (38 g CO2/km) in the same vehicle.

Given the hugely compelling sporty exterior styling, coupled with a decent level of standard kit, the 508 SW plug-in can attract, both premium badge and non-premium badge buyers. The Peugeot EV is suitable for both families and company-car drivers. Both have the opportunity to lower motoring costs by leveraging the onboard electric motor and EV battery to drive on electric mode.

As is the case with electric driving, leveraging the e-mode in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, helps lower the cost of motoring. Depending on where the EV is charged and the cost of charging, driving an EV, costs between 5 to 10 cents per km i.e. substantially lower, compared to using the internal combustion engine (ICE).

The Peugeot 508 plug-in electric car has a 11.8 kWh onboard EV battery, with a claimed zero-emission electric range up to 62 km (WLTP certified). However, the real-world EV range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, speed, passenger load, weather, wheel size, road condition etc. Assuming a 50 km emission-free electric range is more realistic, which will be sufficient for most shorter commutes. The EV also has regenerative braking to increase the electric range.

If your driving is predominantly motorway and long-distances, it would be a challenge to leverage the benefits of zero-tailpipe emission electric driving with this PHEV. However, if the majority of your travel is shorter distances (school-runs, work, grocery store, gym, high street etc), then the e-mode will certainly prove to be useful in saving money.

Peugeot claims a fuel economy up to 1,4 l/100km, but achieving this will require using the onboard electric motor, powered by the EV battery on a regular basis. As is the case with the real-world electric range, expect the real-world fuel economy to be lower than the manufacturer claimed figures.

The Peugeot 508 SW HYBRID 225 e-EAT8 pairs a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor (80kW), delivering a maximum combined 225 HP and 266 Nm torque. The estate electric car can achieve 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. The top speed of the EV is 240 km/h (135 km/h on pure electric mode). Certainly suitable for city and motorway driving.

There is also the option of a higher performance Peugeot 508 SW PHEV i.e. with a Hybrid 360 e-EAT8 4WD (Peugeot Sport Engineered). This EV delivers a combined output up to 355 HP and 384 Nm. It can achieve 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. Of course, for the higher performance, the EV range has to be compromised and this variant has a claimed electric range up to 42 km. The PHEV offers 5 driving modes, to include: electric, 4WD, sport, hybrid and comfort.

Like the other Peugeots PHEVs, the 508 plug-in hybrid also uses the EMP2 platform. The EV has three driving modes: hybrid, electric and sport. Of course, using the sport mode will reduce the fuel economy of the PHEV.

The EV can be fully charged in 1 hour and 45 minutes (7 kW onboard charger) via a dedicated single-phase EV home charging station like easee. The manufacturer offers a 3.7 kW onboard charger as standard, but offers the option to upgrade to a 7 kW onboard charger, at an additional cost. Charging time using a 3.7 kW onboard charger will be up to 4 hours. The EV does not offer fast DC charging capability.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which again is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed discourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug for charging an electric car. A ‘topping up’ approach to charging will help improve the overall efficiency of the vehicle and also improve the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Peugeot offers a warranty up to 8 years or 150,000 km for the battery (70% of original capacity).

The interior quality is high and the manufacturer offers a good level of standard technology and features, to include: driver assist pack, lane keeping assist, speed limit recognition, blind spot detection, driver attention warning, 12.3″ touchscreen with 3D navigation and more. The PHEV has been awarded a Five-Stars NCAP safety rating. In terms of practicality, though the 508 SW does not offer class-leading interior space and boot volume (530 L), it still offers abundant practicality.


PROS CONS
An affordable family estate PHEVStandard on board charger only 3.7 kW (option to upgrade to 7.2 kW at an additional cost)
Good electric range (up to 62 km)Alternatives are more fun to drive
Good looking estate family carTouchscreen can be improved

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The Peugeot 508 SW PHEV (credit: Peugeot)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:Estate
Engine:Petrol-Electric: HYBRID 225 e-EAT8/ HYBRID 4 360bhp
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Allure Pack (from € 50,995): HYBRID 225 e-EAT8
GT (from € 53,645): HYBRID 225 e-EAT8
PSE (from € 74,780): HYBRID 4 360bhp

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 11.8 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.7 kW standard (0% – 100%: 4 hrs). 7.4 kW AC optional (0% – 100%: 2 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:29 – 38g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 150,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh€ 2.10
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh€ 2.78
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh€ 2.87
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh€ 3.14
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh€ 3.37
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/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)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1420
Width (mm):1859
Length (mm):4778
Wheelbase (mm):2793
Turning Circle (m):11.9
Boot Space (L):530

Peugeot 508 (HYBRID 225 e-EAT8)
EV Battery Capacity:11.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):56 – 62 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (l/100km):1.4 – 1.3
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.7 kW standard (0% – 100%: 4 hrs). 7.4 kW AC optional (0% – 100%: 2 hrs)
Top Speed:240 km/h (electric: 135)
0-100 km/h:8.3 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel Drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):81
Max Power (hp):180
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Kerb Weight (kg):1,745
Colours:6

Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Vehicle (EV)


Never have the reasons to buy an electric car been more compelling, than 2022. The past decade has witnessed a significant maturity of all types of electric vehicles (EVs), to include, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). A BEV, also known as a pure electric car, is propelled using energy stored in an EV battery via an electric motor. While a PHEV uses ‘hybrid technology’, to include, an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor, to propel the vehicle.

One of the primary differences between a BEV and a PHEV, is that, a pure electric car, like the best-selling Tesla Model 3, has a much longer zero-tailpipe emission electric range, compared to a plug-in hybrid electric car, like the Toyota Prius PHEV. The reason is simple: a BEV has a much larger onboard EV battery. In general, the latest BEVs have a zero-emission range between 150 to 400 kms, while PHEVs average closer to 50 kms. Given the significant increase in electric range, improvement in EV charging infrastructure and attractive government grants, BEVs are fast becoming the preferred type of electric vehicle to own!


Lower tailpipe emissions and lower air pollution i.e. improves air quality in the immediate area.
Significantly cheaper to recharge a full EV battery, compared to filling a full tank of petrol/ diesel. An EV battery can be charged for as little as €10, while filling a tank of fuel is over €100!
Cheaper to drive per km, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. An EV costs less than 5 cents per km to drive.
Lower maintenance costs, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Pure electric cars have fewer moving parts, so less can go wrong!
Lower noise pollution, compared to an internal combustion engine petrol/ diesel car. Noise pollution is as detrimental on health, as air pollution!
A vast range of fantastic EV available on sale, for all budgets and aspirations. EVs have come a long way since the introduction of the first generation all-electric Nissan Leaf in 2010.
Attractive government subsidies to support the uptake of electric cars. Take advantage while still available.

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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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