PSA Group "ready" for massive EV expansion across its brands

DS 7 Crossback

The DS 7 Crossback offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain

There will be a plug-in or full EV version of every Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Vauxhall launched from next year onwards

PSA is predicting tenfold growth in global sales of plug-in and battery EVs to around 10million units by 2025, and promises that by then every one of its cars will be either fully electric or a PHEV. This includes Peugeot, Citroen, DS and newly acquired Vauxhall/Opel brands.

Alexandre Guignard, PSA’s Group Director of Low Emission Vehicles, told Autocar that all brands are “technologically ready to play our part in the coming energy transition.” His teams, based in a special prototype plant at Sochaux in eastern France, have spent years reorganising the group’s manufacturing systems so that each plant specialises in models from one of two modular platforms; LMP2 for family-sized cars and SUVs, and CMP for smaller cars.

From next year the company will offer a battery or plug-in version of every new model, and expects to launch 15 of these between now and 2021, concentrating on BEVs for the smaller platform cars, and plug-ins for the larger ones. All models have been engineered for maximum manufacturing commonality between standard and electrified models, and their cabin packaging is identical.

The first plug-in hybrid on LMP2 architecture will be the DS7 Crossback e-Tense 4×4 due early next year, and seven other models using the same powertrain, including Peugeot 508 and 508SW, Peugeot 3008, Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X and Citroen C5 Aircross, will gradually follow to 2021.

These models will use a transverse 1.6litre Puretech petrol engine mounted transversely in the nose, producing around 200bhp alone and driving through an eight-speed Aisin automatic gearbox. Two 110bhp electric motors, one front and rear, work with the petrol engine to provide around 300bhp of peak performance, which yields 0-62mph acceleration of 6.5 seconds. A two-wheel-drive version features a 180bhp version of the Puretech 1.6 with one 80kW motor and a 13kWh battery.

Fully charged, the lithium ion traction battery carried under the rear seat gives an electric-only range of up to 31 miles and the official CO2 output is 49g/km. In real-world terms, says Guignard, the Crossback is around 40% more frugal than its standard petrol equivalent.

PSA predicts that the biggest expansion in EV demand between now and 2025 will be in Europe, where take-up will expand 13-fold to 3.6 million units. In China and North America, sales are tipped to grow eight times, to 4.7m and 1.7m units respectively. “We are ready for this,” says Guignard. “We will have the technology and the product. But like everyone, we also have much work ahead.”

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Source: Autocar Online

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