Supporting biofuels in its lineup is nothing new to Peugeot. All of the diesel-powered cars sold by Peugeot and Citroën already support the use of B30 biodiesel blends. Now, Peugeot has added a flex-fuel capable engine to the 308 hatchback that can run on E85. The 308 BioFlex uses the same 110 hp 1.6-liter four cylinder found in the 307 SW BioFlex. As usual, going to flex-fuel means updating the fuel system to add corrosion resistance and adding higher flow injectors. The 308 BioFlex gets the latest Michelin Energy Saver low rolling resistance tires that cut fuel consumption by 0.2 litres/100 km. All other gas engined-Peugeots are now certified for operating on E10.
A super ethanol offer in the 308 range
To take advantage of car insurance surcharge exemptions applied from this year to flexfuel vehicles, Peugeot is updating its 308 range of vehicles able to operate on E85.
Super ethanol (E85) is a blend of 15 % unleaded petrol and 85 % agricultural sourced ethanol and continues to represent a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Its use also helps to reduce the demand on fossil fuels, as well as cutting CO2 emissions from its production to combustion ("well to wheel"), a reduction which is now taken into account in the calculation of insurance no-claims bonus.
Benefiting from its experience in Brazil and following on from the 307 SW BioFlex model sold in France since 2007, Peugeot now offers a 308 BioFlex hatchback model equipped with the 1.6 litre 80 kW (110 bhp)
Since E85 is incompatible with a standard petrol engines, the 1.6 litre engine (TU5JP4) has a modified injection and fuel system. It can, however, run on petrol, super ethanol or any mixture of the two (petrol/super ethanol).
With this new offer, the 308 range reinforces its credentials in terms of its environmental efficiency. The range now includes three models offering CO2 emissions of only 120 g/km, strengthening the manufacturer's position as a European leader in cars with low fuel consumption and low emissions (one in every six cars sold with emissions less than or equal to 120 g/km of CO2 is a Peugeot).
In addition the 308 BioFlex benefits from 16'' Michelin Energy Saver tyres (reduction of 0.2 litres/100 km), which received their world premiere exclusively on the 308 in 2007.
Available as a five door hatchback model, in Premium or Premium Pack trim levels, it also features a specific "BioFlex" logo. Pricing starts at €20,600, i.e. €300 less than the 1.6 litre VTi 88 kW (120 bhp) version.
It should also be noted that all petrol engines in the Peugeot range can now run without any modifications on 10 % ethanol (SP95-E10 petrol), while HDi diesel models can be operated on a 30 % biodiesel mix.