PSA Group outlines electrification solutions for future hybrid and electric vehicles; 4 EVs, 7 PHEVs by 2021
At its Innovation Day event, PSA Group presented its new electrification strategy. PSA Group is consolidating the development of its models on two global modular platforms—CMP and EMP2—allowing it to offer a wide range of internal combustion, electric and plug-in hybrid gasoline models from 2019.
Both platforms are optimized and lighter (25kg for EMP2 and 40kg for CMP) than current platforms, and offer greater modularity in terms of length, width, height and wheel diameter. Both platforms will be compatible with the manufacturing resources put in place as part of the Plant of the Future program. (Earlier post.)
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 (earlier post) 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 (280 miles) 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.
PSA Group envisions the use of a 50 kWh battery pack, weighing 300 kg and with a volume of 200 liters.
The Evs will be equipped with a heat pump capable of functioning over a wide range of temperatures. The principle is based on thermodynamic exchange between external air flow and refrigerant fluid, which is compressed and expands as part of a heat recovery process. This system greatly reduces the energy required for heating compared to a standard heating system, thus providing a 50km gain in operating range.
PSA Group will offer two charging solutions for its new EVs:
- ultra-fast charging: recharges 80% of the battery in 30 minutes
- fast home charging with a next-generation onboard charger (7kw)
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 design will enable the deployment of the first plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric models:
- SUVs and CUVs with high-performance electric four-wheel drive
- a 60 km (37-mile) driving range in all-electric mode
- leading-edge fuel efficiency in urban driving conditions (40% efficiency gains versus internal combustion models)
- a large interior that does not compromise on passenger comfort or trunk space
The PHEVs will feature a gasoline engine developed on the EMP2 global platform; an automatic 8-speed hybrid gearbox on the front axle; an electric motor mounted on the rear axle for mid-range and executive SUVs and CUVs; and a 12-13 kWh battery pack.
To facilitate use, the plug-in hybrid models will come with a four-hour charging system as well as an optional feature for charging the battery more quickly, in less than two hours, using the on-board 6.6kW charger adapted to 32 A sockets.
There will be a simultaneous launch in Europe and China of the first PHEV by the DS brand in 2019. Seven DS, Peugeot and Citroën models will be available in 2021.