Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Congestion Charge-Busters

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Congestion Charge-Busters

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Byline: STEVE HUGHES

PEUGEOT has opened reservations for four new plug-in hybrid models that are due to arrive here from the beginning of next year.

They include the 3008 SUV Hybrid and 3008 GT Hybrid4, plus the 508 executive estate and Fastback models, with prices ranging from PS42,000 to PS47,000 respectively.

Buyers are being invited to make reservations online from today with a PS500 deposit.

In the case of the Peugeot 508 hybrids there are CO2 ratings as low as 29g/km and an electric-only driving range of about 30 miles.

This enables the newcomers to avoid daily congestion charges because they are emissions-free in town.

They combine a 180bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine with an 80kW (110hp) electric motor on the front axle for a total power output of 165kW, or 225bhp.

Both models use an 11.8kWh battery, with a full recharge taking just under two hours using an extra-cost 7kW on-board charger. According to official tests, the 508 hybrid achieves 217mpg, with the low CO2 emissions of 29g/km, while the estate version will achieve the same fuel economy with CO2 emissions of 30g/km.

Each car will be available with four driving modes: | Zero emissions, which is 100% electric drive for a maximum range of 33 miles; | Sport, which combines the petrol engine and electric motor for maximum performance; | Hybrid, which switches between electric and engine power for optimised efficiency; | Comfort, which combines the hybrid mode with a softer suspension configuration for improved ride comfort.

Remarkably, the hybrids offer precisely the same amount of luggagecarrying capacity as their standard counterparts despite the addition of the electric motor, which is 487 litres for the hatchback and 530 litres for the estate.

They will both be offered in three trim options of Allure, GT Line and GT. …

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