At its Innovation Day event, PSA Group presented its new electrification strategy.
DS will lead PSA's push into hybrid and electric vehicles from 2019, the company has confirmed. The French automotive giant - which comprises Peugeot, Citroen and DS - has already stated that it will launch an extensive range of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles across its ranges by 2021. Now it has confirmed more detailed specs on the systems, and revealed that both set-ups will be introduced by vehicles carrying the DS badge.
As well as offering a raft of powerful two- and four-wheel drive hybrids, the French brands are working on an EV with 450 km (280 mi) of range from a 50 kWh battery. PSA says that in front-drive mode - with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox incorporating an electric motor and helping the combustion engine to drive the wheels - the plug-in hybrid set-up will produce 247bhp and 360Nm. These figures rise to 296bhp and 'more than 450Nm' when the rear axle also gets electric drive.
The vehicle will be able to drive around 40 miles on pure-electric power and its various dynamic modes include the ability to replenish battery reserves by using extra power from the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
The Efficient Modular Platform – dubbed EMP2 – will be used for compact and premium models and has already been introduced in the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308 back in 2013. Starting in 2019, the platform will be used to deploy the group's first plug-in hybrid models. The plan includes SUVs and crossovers that will have electric four-wheel drive and up to 37 miles of all-electric range. The Common Modular Platform, dubbed CMP, was co-developed with Dongfeng Motors and is slated for use in compact city cars, compact SUVs, and core sedan models.
"We have taken an ingenious and competitive approach to developing our future hybrid and electric vehicles by designing efficient, modular and multi-energy platforms," says Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice President of Research and Development at PSA. "In practical terms, plug-in hybrid powertrains will be developed on the EMP2 platform and will equip mid-range and executive models. We will market seven petrol plug-in hybrids by 2021, with the first scheduled for launch in 2019."
"New-generation electric powertrains will be designed on a small new platform developed with our Chinese partner DFM. They will equip vehicles ranging from small city cars to compact SUVs and core sedans. Four new electric vehicles will be marketed by 2021, with the first scheduled for launch in 2019."
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