The Story of the Electric Revolution, From Peugeot VLV to New e-2008

DAPURPACU – The development of electric cars is nothing new for Peugeot. More than 8 decades, this French car manufacturer has introduced electric-powered cars.

Peugeot first introduced and marketed electric cars in 1941, through the VLV (Véhicule Léger de Ville – Light City Vehicle).

During the Second World War, the current state of fuel rationing led many car manufacturers to look for alternative energy sources.

Luckily, Peugeot became an automotive manufacturer who became interested in this propulsion device. The VLV was built in Paris from June 1941 to February 1943.

Peugeot claims the total VLV units sold at that time reached 377 units. After that, Peugeot continued to introduce and sell a variety of electric cars. Here are the details.

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Peugeot VLV
Facing the German occupation (1941), Peugeot proposed a unique alternative for that time by presenting its first electric car model, the VLV.

This car, which is commonly called a Light City Vehicle, is a small car designed for an efficient electric drive train.

This is a mini cabriolet with two offset seats. This economical vehicle is designed for urban use to meet transportation needs.

Designed as a “bicycle car”, with a wide lane in front and a narrow lane. Sourced from the battery as the main power, VLV put it in the front trunk.

While the function of the electric motor without its differential regulates the movement of the rear wheels. This car is capable of roaming up to 70-80 km in a full battery condition.

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With a maximum speed of only 35 km/hour, VLV is widely used by postal workers or doctors. The VLV was produced between 1941 – 1943 at the La Garenne factory in the Paris area.

Peugeot 106 Electric
As the first European manufacturer to market electric vehicles to local governments and companies in 1989 (J5), Peugeot began marketing electric cars to individuals in July 1995 with the 106 Electric.

This commercial launch was preceded by experiments carried out in partnership with EDF and the Communauté de Villes de La Rochelle from late 1993 to late 1995.

A total of 25 units of the 106 Electric were tested by individuals, professionals and local administrations. It produced 2,798,246 units from 1990 to 2003, including 3,542 electric models between 1993 and 2003.

Peugeot Touareg
Introduced at the 1996 Paris Motor Show, the Peugeot Touareg was asked to be an off-road car that is relaxed and open, as well as quiet, odorless and environmentally friendly.

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This is thanks to the use of nickel/cadmium hydride batteries placed behind the front seats. Peugeot Touareg is presented as a real symbiosis between travel, recreation and nature.

The electric engine produces 35.5 kW of power, combined with a single cylinder engine that acts as a generator that allows the battery to be recharged independently and provides a range of 300 km on 15 liters of fuel.

Peugeot EX1
Designed in 2010, the car is here to celebrate Peugeot’s 200th birthday. This 100% electric concept car is a roadster.

Two seats with futuristic style and original architecture, designed to offer an intense and real driving sensation.

The EX1 is capable of accelerating from rest to 100 km/h in just 2.24 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 260 km/h in 5.1 seconds.

Its performance, resulting from its aerodynamic, ultra-light structure and two electric engines, delivers a maximum cumulative power of 250 kW (340 hp) spread over its 4-wheel drive system.

Thanks to its carbon structure and light weight, the EX1 concept car broke six world records not only at the legendary Montlhéry Circuit, but also in China.

New Peugeot e-2008
Peugeot’s electric SUV made its debut at the 2019 Canton Motor Show, as an ultra-modern interpretation of an instinctive and versatile driving experience.

Peugeot e-2008

The design as a true SUV blends strongly with a distinctly European style. The latest technology is realized through the new generation of i-Cockpit® 3D, impressive driving tools and equipment.

As the first SUV model with a pure electric engine, Peugeot seems to want to give consumers a perspective on the new sensation of an electric car.

With a cruising range of up to 320 km (under WLTP approval protocol), 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque (available from 0 km/h) ensure classy acceleration.

With a dynamic character, the new Peugeot e-2008 SUV provides the road feel and driving pleasure that characterize the brand’s vehicles. [dp/MTH]

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