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The PSA Group has planned the arrival of 14 electrified models by the end of 2021. Some have already been on the market for a few months such as the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 or the Opel Grandland X Hybrid4.
As the European Union imposes a reduction in CO emissions2 Increasingly drastic, the best way for automakers to achieve these goals is to step up the release of hybrid, electric and rechargeable models.
Seven hybrid models marketed by 2021
New hybrid models from the PSA group are proliferating. On the Peugeot side, the 3008, 508 and 508 SW are already known, while the Citroën C5 Aircross, Opel Grandland X Hybrid and DS 7 Crossback are on our roads. But the French group still has a model to unveil in the hybrid range by 2021.
PSA had announced that from 2019, each new model will have a hybrid or electric version. The announcement has so far been respected. Each new vehicle is based on the two platforms developed in-house.
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The CMP platform (Common Modular Platform) began his career with the DS3 Crossback in 2019 and is used to design city cars, C-segment sedans and compact SUVs. An e-CMP variant allows the 100% electric versions of each model to be available.
The other platform, called EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2) exists since 2013. It has enabled the development of larger models for the group. With a forward-looking design from the start, it transitioned to the latest generation of plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Light hybridization will appear to facilitate the transition from current Puretech engines to increasingly stringent emissions standards. The 1.2 Puretech engine will be the first to benefit from this technology. Two variants are on the program, one based on the new automatic transmission under development with an integrated electric motor and a second variant based on an electro-starter for versions with manual gearbox.
A 100% electrified range in 2025
On the electrical side, the PSA group had also planned seven models before the end of next year. The DS 3 Crossback, the Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 as well as the Opel Corsa-e have already arrived on the market.
Citroën also announced the release of the Friend a few days ago. And an electric version of the 308 should arrive in a restyled version at the end of 2021.
On the utility vehicle side, the group has just announced the release of the ë-Jumpy, e-Expert and Vivaro-e, the group is accelerating its electrification on all vehicle ranges in accordance with its previous announcements. Its vehicles have a range of 200 or 300 km depending on the size of the battery chosen. The PSA group’s goal is to reach 100% electrified utility vehicles by the end of 2021.
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Since 2017, the "Nidec-PSA emotors" joint venture, founded in partnership with the holding company Nidec Leroy-Somer, a global manufacturer of electric motors, has enabled the PSA group to develop its own electric motors in France with a team of 80 employees. These new engines will be manufactured at the Trémery plant in Moselle from 2022, with production at cruising speed of 900,000 units per year.
In 2018, the PSA group created another joint venture with Punch Powertrain, a Belgian specialist in continuously variable transmissions for hybrid and electric cars. The new structure is in charge of developing the e-DCT gearbox which will appear in 2022 on hybrid vehicles. In a 48-volt configuration, it will equip future MHEV models and may allow a reduction in fuel consumption of around 15% in traffic jams. Assembled in Metz, the expected capacity is 600,000 e-DCT gearboxes.
And to achieve its objectives, the PSA group also created a joint venture with Saft (Total) in 2020 for the development of its own batteries, which should be completed by 2023.