A sailor at the Toulon naval base, Hugo had the opportunity to rent a Peugeot e-208 in Norway. Back in France, he assessed the possibilities of connecting to terminals in his city before becoming an electromobilist. Practicing opportunity charging, he does not regret his decision taken last May.
A decisive experience
At 25, Hugo has already had several cars: “ I started with a Peugeot 207 and had an old-generation 308 diesel before switching to electric. With it, I could count on a range of 1,100 to 1,200 kilometers. Between the two, I had offered myself a BMW ».
The choice of a Peugeot e-208 results from a first experience during a trip: ” Electric has always interested me a bit. During a trip to Norway, I had the opportunity to rent an e-208. I was still a little skeptical at first, because I had quite a long way to go. But over there, with a mostly electric fleet, there are terminals everywhere. So I didn’t experience any particular difficulties. ».
On the spot, he was able to observe: In Bergen, you almost only see electric cars. You breathe well in this city also very well equipped to refuel the batteries. I really enjoyed this experience. Hence my desire to adopt the EV when I return when I have no personal means for recharging ».
An opportunity in LOA
If he had the opportunity to ride as a passenger in a Tesla, Hugo did not try to drive other electric cars: “ I still hesitated a bit between the Opel Corsa-e and the Peugeot e-208, which share the same platform. However, I decided for the latter in blue and GT finish ».
It was on the second-hand market that he found his copy: ” Peugeot dealerships do not offer LOA only on new models. Mine already totaled 45,000 km. I have it available for two and a half years against a monthly rent of 270 euros. When buying, I would have had to pay 22,000 euros. Since I picked it up at the end of May 2023, I have already driven 5,000 or 6,000 km with it. ».
His first long journey was made by going to pick up his car in Annemasse, in Haute-Savoie, about 500 km from his home: “ I still had some doubts before leaving the dealership because of the highway to take. At first, these were mountain roads. I was a little worried when I arrived with only 70 km of autonomy at the Col de la Croix-Haute. However, I was able to reach the Sisteron fast terminal without any problem while keeping this margin ».
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During the repatriation of the Peugeot e-208, Hugo carried out two other high-power recharges: “ Including one when I arrived in Toulon, which gave me energy for the next few days. But since then, in order to preserve the battery, I prefer the 22 kW AC terminals, even if the on-board charger is the basic 7 kW. Toulon is a very well equipped city ».
The young motorist does not particularly think of making very long journeys with his electric car: “ If I have to travel to Brittany, for example, where I go on occasion, I will take my parents’ thermal car. I have a hybrid use of my e-208. I walk 15-20 km a day on weekdays to the naval base and to the gym ».
The weekend is different: When I go to my parents’ in Bormes-les-Mimosas, I travel 80 km there and back. I could possibly plug into their house on a household outlet, but I haven’t yet ».
Savoie, Allier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Ardèche, Isère, and, of course, the Var: The Eborn network created in 2015 is carried by 11 departmental energy unions located in the south-east of France. The threshold of 2,400 charging points has already been crossed by the group. ” I took a subscription to this network which continues to develop. We receive a calendar with the new openings. So I’m not worried about the future of charging in Toulon ».
According to the rates currently in force, the offer to which Hugo has subscribed includes an annual subscription invoiced at 13 euros including tax. The kilowatt hour then costs 0.298, 0.417 or 0.566 euros including tax depending on whether you connect to the 22 kW AC, fast DC or ultra-fast terminals. Penalties apply from 30 minutes of connection while the recharge is complete. Every 60 seconds, they weigh an additional 0.025 euro including tax on alternating current equipment, and 0.060 euro on the others.
« Last month, for almost 150 kWh delivered, with 2 quick recharges all the same, I received a bill of around 45 euros “. This puts it at the limit of the flat-rate formula at 47 euros including tax monthly for a credit of 250 kWh, regardless of the terminals used.
Charging in front of the gym
Hugo’s favorite charging place for his Peugeot e-208 is the terminal very close to the sports hall: ” I go there 2 or 3 times a week. The car is plugged in at each pass for about two hours. On one occasion I was unable to recharge, as there were already connected cars on it. It was not a problem since I was able to put in charge the next time ».
Our reader has already thought about fallbacks: “ In troubleshooting, I have a terminal about a 15-minute walk from my house. Otherwise, I can also go to Lidl or Carrefour for a quick recharge ».
If he is not afraid of finding himself short of energy in Toulon, he observed a completely different situation in Bormes-les-Mimosas: “ It is a seaside resort in Lavandou. At the moment, you have to fight to have limits. Those who really need to recharge had better come early. In 2023, we see many more electric cars there than in other years. Especially Germans who drive a Tesla ».
The Peugeot e-208 in its entourage
Hugo is not a completely isolated electromobilist in his family: ” One of my uncles also drives a Peugeot e-208. However, I made many skeptics around me by also adopting the electric car. Those who have tried mine have been more won over. They noticed the smoother, smoother ride you can get with it. I think it gives more security ».
However, he finds two points to improve on his model: “ There is already the autonomy for which, like less, does not fully recharge the battery. It is too limited. And then I find that the software part is really not crazy ».
However, our reader has many more positive arguments to line up: I find the Peugeot e-208 really beautiful in its GT finish and in Alpine blue. The driving aids work very well. Already the maintenance in the lane, but also the adaptive cruise control. On our crowded highways, it’s really good. Peugeot has done a good job on this. You really feel safe using them. I also like to drive by selecting mode B ».
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Follow-up and advice
What does Hugo intend to do at the end of the LOA on his current car? ” I would then like to switch to the electric Peugeot 308 which I find really magnificent. Its price, however, may be too expensive for me. I may then adopt a hybrid, unless I feel that I could no longer do without the EV. During a trip to Scotland, I rented a Citroën C5. I missed the feeling of the regenerative braking provided by mode B. ».
Would our reader therefore recommend the electric car to those who, like him, have no means of recharging at home? ” Before buying the vehicle, I would recommend checking that there are charging stations available everywhere, including fast ones in case of emergency. In a well-equipped city, it should be fine ».
Automobile Propre and I would like to thank Hugo very much for his testimony and his excellent welcome.