PARIS -- Peugeot said it will offer a full-electric version of the 308 compact hatchback by 2023, a previously unannounced powertrain configuration that could compete with the Volkswagen ID3.
The new-generation Astra from sister brand Opel/Vauxhall will also have a full-electric version, according to news reports.
The new 308 was introduced earlier this month, with sales set to start in the second half, but only with internal combustion and plug-in hybrid options.
A Peugeot spokesman confirmed Wednesday that a full-electric version has been approved for production in 2023, but said it was "too early" to offer any more details, including what platform it would be built on.
The technical details of a full-electric 308 are not yet clear, although there are two options within parent company Stellantis. The group's newest compact EV, the Citroen C4, is built on the CMP architecture for small and compact cars, which can accommodate gasoline, diesel or full-electric drivetrains. But the 308 is built on the EMP2 platform, which is for compact and midsize models and is designed for plug-in hybrid electrification, not full electric.
A more likely choice is the coming e-VMP architecture, a battery-electric adaptation of EMP2 that will first appear on the next generation of Peugeot 3008 compact SUVs, slated for launch by 2023.
Stellantis is in the process of vertically integrating its electrified drivetrains, with a collaboration with Nidec on electric motors, with Punch Powertrain on transmissions and with Total/Saft on battery cell factories.
The 3008 is scheduled to be built at Stellantis' factory in Sochaux, eastern France. The 308 will be built at the group's nearby Mulhouse factory.