PEUGEOT estimates it will assemble up to 10,000 batteries per month for cars, 7,000 for LCVs by next year
By 2025, 100% of PEUGEOT model line-up will offer an electrified variant. This will require a substantial uplift in the number of batteries being produced. PEUGEOT estimates it will assemble up to 10,000 batteries a month for its car range by next year, and as many as 7,000 batteries a month for its advanced LCV range.
It takes roughly 60 minutes to assemble each 50kWh battery unit (pre-assembled cells and components). 90 minutes are necessary for the larger 75kWh units. The team subjects each battery to a series of critical tests. Therefore, each unit is guaranteed with an 8-year/160,000 kilometers warranty policy for 70% of its charge capacity.
The whole testing process takes 15 minutes and is mandatory to sign off the batteries for the assembly.
The first test simulates operation of the battery in a vehicle to validate reliability. A performance test stimulates the battery at full rate. The last test is a sealing test. The battery unit is pressurized by gas to check for leaks by monitoring pressure loss. A proper seal will prevent water or dirt from getting inside the battery cells and compromising its lifecycle or performance.
The dedicated battery assembly workshops are in five plants of the Stellantis Group: Vigo & Saragossa (Spain), Trnava (Slovakia), Sochaux & Mulhouse (France) and soon Hordain (France). Both electric and conventional combustion engine vehicles are assembled on the same line.
The technicians who test and assemble the PEUGEOT vehicles' batteries come from Stellantis’ factories. They are selected on the basis of their electrification skills and are given a month’s specialist training. As a consequence of the energy transition and of the increasing mix of electrified models, PEUGEOT and the wider Stellantis Group are increasing the number of technicians qualified to assemble and work on electrified vehicles.
PEUGEOT’s electrification is accelerating in 2022 with the New 408 which will strengthen the Plug-In Hybrid car offer, also reinforced by the New 308 and the 100% electric LCVs. In 2022, more than 70% of the PEUGEOT range sold worldwide is electrified. In Europe, the Brand’s electrified models represent 1 passenger car out of 4 in H1/2022 (1 out of 6 in 2021).
The New 408 will come with two Plug-In hybrid powertrains, 180hp and 225hp from its launch. The New 308 offers these powertrains on the hatch and SW versions as well. Both new cars are built from an EMP2 platform evolution, which allows the implementation of a 100% electric motorisation. The LCV range was completed at the end of 2021 by He-EXPERT, which combines both electric and Fuel Cell technologies.