The PSA group, which includes the French automotive brands Peugeot, Citroën and DS, announced this week 2 new electric vehicle platforms on which the company will build 4 new all-electric vehicles and 7 new plug-in hybrids by 2021. The company says that the first models will hit the market in 2019
PSA is making a great statement in favor of electric vehicles by announcing the introduction of a significant number of EVs to represent most of its future model lineup.
For all-electric vehicles, PSA developed the ‘Common Modular Platform’ in partnership with Dongfeng Motors to support a wide variety of vehicles including compact city cars, core sedans and compact SUVs or crossovers. The platform is expected to allow for a range of up to 280 miles (450 km) on a single charge.
The plug-in hybrids will be built on a new version of PSA’s ‘Efficient Modular Platform’ and will allow for up to 38 miles (60 km) of all-electric range before the engine kicks in.
Full press release:
PSA Group presented its new electrification strategy at the Innovation Dayevent held on 25 May 2016. In order to meet all its customers’ mobility and usage needs, PSA Group is consolidating the development of its models on two global modular platforms, which will allow it to offer a wide range of internal combustion, electric and plug-in hybrid petrol models as from 2019. Both platforms will be compatible with the manufacturing resources put in place as part of the Plant of the Future programme. The Common Modular Platform (CMP), which was developed in partnership with DFM (Dongfeng Motors), is dedicated to compact city cars, core sedans and compact SUVs. The all-electric e-CMP format co-financed by PSA Group and DFM will allow the two parties to offer a new generation of spacious, multi-purpose electric vehicles with a driving range of up to 450 km and ultra-fast charging solutions providing up to 12 km of driving per minute of charging. Four electric models will be introduced by 2021, the first of which will reach the market in 2019.
The Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2), which is dedicated to compact and premium models, was launched first in 2013 with the new Citroën C4 Picasso and Peugeot 308 and then in 2014 in China. From 2019 onwards, its innovative design will enable the deployment of the first plug-in hybrid petrol models equipped with the best of hybrid technology:
- SUVs and CUVs with high-performance electric four-wheel drive
- a 60 km driving range in all-electric mode
- a large interior that does not compromise on passenger comfort or boot space
- leading-edge fuel efficiency in urban driving conditions (40% efficiency gains versus internal combustion models)
To facilitate use, the plug-in hybrid models will come with a four-hour charging system as well as an optional feature for recharging the battery more quickly, in less than two hours. Seven plug-in hybrid vehicles will be gradually introduced between 2019 and 2021. On Innovation Day, Gilles Le Borgne said: “These next-generation hybrid and electric technologies will complement our range of internal combustion engines, thereby enabling PSA Group to offer its customers a diversified line-up of technologies that meet all of their mobility needs. This innovative strategy clearly demonstrates the Group’s commitment to global, sustainable solutions that will allow us to take on the energy transition challenge.”