PSA Group outlines powertrain production strategy: gasoline PHEVs, EVs and next-gen diesel and gasoline engines
As part of the energy transition process and in line with the technological offensive spelled out in its Push to Pass strategic plan (earlier post), PSA Group will focus on diversifying its offerings with plug-in hybrid gasoline systems and next-generation electric powertrains. The latter will be used in particular to equip e-CMP, its future electric platform developed in partnership with Dongfeng Motors. (Earlier post.) At the same time, the Group will continue to develop next-generation internal combustion engines, both gasoline and diesel.
For strategic reasons, PSA Group will 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 gasoline vehicles with engines produced at the Française de Mécanique facility in Douvrin, France.
To meet growing demand for gasoline engines, PSA Group plans to double production in France by 2019 of its 3-cylinder EB Turbo PureTech gasoline engine, which in 2015 was named engine of the year in its category by an international jury. (Earlier post.)
The Douvrin and Trémery plants will produce 350,000 additional turbo gasoline engines in 2018, lifting potential output to 670,000 units. As a result of these investments, Trémery is set to become the Group’s most diversified engine plant, capable of manufacturing gasoline, diesel and electric powertrains.
In addition, to increase its capacity to produce three-cylinder gasoline engines and move production as close to consumers as possible, PSA Group will install an EB module at the Trnava, Slovakia plant in 2019.
This will enable it to meet rising demand for gasoline engines on entry-level vehicles.
These various decisions form part of Group PSA’s technological drive to modernize its plants and prepare for the energy transition.
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.—Gilles Le Borgne, Executive Vice-President, Research & Development