PSA Announces 450 km (270 mile)* Electric Vehicle To Arrive In 2019, Plus 6 Other EVs

1 year ago by Mark Kane 32

PSA Peugeot Citroën Group has announced plans to launch a massive new plug-in offensive to build both all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in France.

Our first look at PSA's first serious effort to get into the plug-in business

Our first look at PSA’s first serious effort to get into the plug-in business

The French company recently presented its “Push to Pass” strategy and announced that its electric Common Modular Platform (e-CMP) will be developed with the help of Dongfeng Motors.  Today they put some details behind that strategy.

The e-CMP platform promises long range all-electric cars, with its first offering hitting the market by 2019, and four by 2021, while the EMP2 platform will offer new plug-in hybrids.

The all-electric e-CMP format…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 (270 miles) and ultra-fast charging solutions providing up to 12 km (7.5 miles) of driving per minute of charging.”

Again, we will stress that this 450 km/270 mile number is a Euro-based/NEDC number, and will in no way translate into real world range realities, as indicated by the slide (below) that clearly shows a 50 kWh battery is in play.  Still, we’d estimate mileage at right around 200 miles/320 km…still solidly in the “sweet spot” for next generation EV offerings.

PSA Cutway

PSA cutaway of its new all-electric platform

In addition to the 4 all-electric vehicles in the works, 3 more are to be plug-in hybrids (PSA video on PHEV tech below):

PSA Group takes on energy transition challenge by investing in plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains in France

PSA Group takes on energy transition challenge by investing in plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains in France

From 2019 onwards, its (EMP2 – Efficient Modular Platform’s) 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/37 miles 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)

Here again, we see that a 13 kWh battery is being employed, so a real world range (depending on the platform usage) is likely around 40-45 km (25-28 miles).

Yesterday, PSA released some specific details on the first PHEV offering – the 3008 plug-in hybrid (details here).

Interesting to note with future plug-in hybrid offerings, PSA states that two charging levels will be available – “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”

Gilles Le Borgne (Executive Vice-President, Research & Development) 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.”

The electric power-train components for the new plug-ins are to be produced at the company’s Trémery/Metz centre of excellence, while gear systems will be manufactured at the Valenciennes plant.

In-house production of electric power-trains suggests that PSA’s recent plans to introduce several new plug-in hybrids and all-electric models is indeed a serious one.

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares

PSA Group CEO (and another ex-Carlos Ghosn wing-man at Nissan, Carlos Tavares

“As part of the energy transition process and in line with the technological offensive spelled out in its Push to Pass strategic plan, PSA Group is firmly focused on diversifying its technological offering with plug-in hybrid petrol engines and next-generation electric powertrains, which will be used in particular to equip e-CMP, its future electric platform developed in partnership with Dongfeng Motors.

At the same time, the Group will continue to develop next-generation internal combustion engines, both petrol and diesel.

For strategic reasons, PSA Group has decided to manufacture the main electric powertrain components in France, signalling its determination to develop high-tech operations in profitable niche markets. The electric powertrain will be produced at the Trémery/Metz centre of excellence, while the gear systems will be manufactured at the Valenciennes plant.

PSA Group has also decided to fit its plug-in hybrid petrol vehicles with engines produced at the Française de Mécanique facility in Douvrin, France.

Gilles Le Borgne, added:

“We will be launching an unprecedented technological offensive as part of the Push to Pass plan, to provide our customers with an attractive offering of sustainable mobility solutions and maintain our lead in terms of pollutant emissions reduction, with seven plug-in hybrids and four other new electric vehicles scheduled for launch by 2021, in addition to our flagship engine models.”

Hat tip to Adrian!

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32 responses to "PSA Announces 450 km (270 mile)* Electric Vehicle To Arrive In 2019, Plus 6 Other EVs"

  1. ICEfree says:

    I know we are entering a range war between all the different next gen EV offerings but when I see specs that claim 5.something miles/kWh you know the people working on it haven’t driven an EV on a daily basis and barely know what they are talking about. It is frustrating see manufacturers stretch the truth and possibly discouraging future EV adopters.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Or it is just those crazy European and Japanese testing regimes.

    2. krona2k says:

      Yeah even with the next gen long range EVs you probably really need to halve the range to come up with a worst case scenario range.

      It’s a shame that even a 100kwh battery still means you are carrying around a very small amount of energy compared to a tank of gas.

      Still looking forward to my Model 3 though!

      1. RexxSee says:

        …and a non existent amount of pollution.

      2. Speculawyer says:

        It is not a shame, it is amazing that you can drive 300 miles on the energy equivalent of 3 gallons of gasoline! EVs are that much more efficient and that is nothing to be ashamed of.

      3. ZikZak says:

        Well, when you know that your petrol engine will convert only 30% of your gas into movement you end up with a range inferior to an EV’s.
        A full tank of gas for a car that could do 1000km would mean only 300km as the rest is mostly converted into heat.
        The energy stored in the battery is used at 90% to move your car in an EV.

      4. krona2k says:

        Yeah I understand all of that. However if you could have twice the energy density now for the same price and weight I don’t doubt you’d take it, that’s all I meant by a shame.

    3. Cavaron says:

      Little Mitsubishi i is rated 62 miles of very real EPA range with a 16 kWh battery. That’s 3.88 miles or 6.2 kilometers per kWh.

  2. Speculawyer says:

    It is amazing to see all these companies coming out of the woodwork to try to build EV empires. The EV world was long a backwater scammy operations (ZAP), serial bankruptcy strugglers (Think, nmg), and dreamers (Aptera).

    But with Tesla becoming a success, all sorts of billionaires and manufacturing groups are jumping into the game. I hope many succeed! Growing the market bigger will push down the price of ev parts & raw materials.

    1. Nick says:

      I’m still sad Aptera failed.

      1. Speculawyer says:

        Yeah, me too. It was so funky. And it has some really unique aspects. For example, it was so aerodynamic that it could get away with having a pretty small battery and still able to get 100 miles range.

        And with such a small battery, you really didn’t even need an L2 charger because you could charge up overnight with regular 110V outlet.

        But it was too much of a weirdmobile to be a big selling product. And when the door popped open during that X-prize thing, they really lost credibility.

    2. spiceballs says:

      hear, hear

  3. kdawg says:

    “At the same time, the Group will continue to develop next-generation internal combustion engines, both petrol and diesel.”
    ———–
    Waste of time unless this is to develop range-extenders.

  4. Jychevyvolt says:

    The spec is perfect. Can’t find any fault. It looks like a EV owner design it.

    1. wavelet says:

      Except one small detail… Will it also have PSA’s usual “reliability”?
      UNfortunately, speaking from a lot of personal experience here.
      And I’m not talking issues with the special Citroën-only engineering features like hydro-pneumatic suspension. There at least there were benefits to the engineering quirks.

      Those features are now all gone, and overall car relkiability has gotten much worse.

      1. JyTesla3 says:

        But its electric. The volt and spark ev turned it ok for a GM car.

        1. wavelet says:

          That’s what I truly hope… But virtually all the issues I (and family, and friends…) had weren’t in the basic drivetrain components: It was every ancillary system: Fueling, HVAC, doors/windows, cabin electrics, steering, suspension.

      2. Gerhard Hauer says:

        Hope they have inprove. Years ago drove a citroen company car. Too many features. Always something broken. And if nothing was broken a sensor gave yau error messages, though nothing was weong. Then I had a volvo with basically the same diesel engine, built in a volvo factory. Only thing that failed during 155.000 km was the ac heat exchanger, which was destroyed when hit by a stone.

        1. wavelet says:

          By everything I read in user forums, it hasn’t changed (or, for the worse). At least once Citroën could justify the issues by their unique features (I still think the hydropneumatic system was the most comfortable one I’ve driven on). Not anymore…

  5. Rick Bronson says:

    Good news.

    Bolt, IDS, Model 3 and some models from Hyundai, Ford and now PSA with 200 mile range.

    Way to go.

  6. Mikael says:

    Which other EVs have a gearbox? You guys like it?

    1. JyTesla3 says:

      If they get it right, it would be much more efficient and powerful then single speed EV. Tesla tried and failed trying to do 2-speed.

      1. Speculawyer says:

        They would be a bit more efficient but as you deduce from the fact that no one has one, the gains just are not worth it.

    2. Speculawyer says:

      They all have a gearbox with fixed gearing but pretty much none of them have a transmission. A multigear transmission is required in gas cars due to their narrow power curves. But electric motors are inherently better and thus don’t need them.

      You can have one for some performance gains but the added cost, complexity, and maintenance generally makes them not worth having.

      1. spiceballs says:

        not forgetting power losses.

  7. Adam says:

    Drive motor at the wrong end of the car again? I just don’t understand why they dont basically copy Tesla’s skateboard platform and RWD+AWD layout. No idea who wants all that electric torque on a FWD car.

    1. Greg says:

      I fully agree, why anyone would choose front wheel drive with steerable CV joints, understeer and traction problems is beyond me. Part of the future EV success will depend on simplicity and cost, RWD is part of that. I suspect some 10yr old has just adapted a current ICE design, sent it in to PSA and they have published it!!

  8. Peter says:

    Only a 7 kWh on-board charger?
    50 kWh / 7 kW = 429 minutes or 7:09 hours.
    Does this means it can’t be fast/supercharged? Or does these chargers use their own off-board chargers for faster charging?

    1. JyTesla3 says:

      “and ultra-fast charging solutions providing up to 12 km (7.5 miles) of driving per minute of charging.”

      1. Rick says:

        Combo CCS 80kW

    2. Seth says:

      A european car without a 3 phase charger? It’s my little pet peeve since pretty much all chargers in NL are 3 fase 16A points for 11kW each.

      BMW gets it, Tesla gets it, Renault gets it. Boooo

      A 7kW charger would mean requiring a 32A circuit, when all you can get affordably is either 1x35A or 3x25A. So it makes more sense to get a 3 phase 11kW charger and still have power left to power the home. Or a single 32A charger and 3A left to power the house 🙁

  9. bad English says:

    “…in profitable NICHE markets”