Company will offer electric hatchbacks, sedans, and crossovers.

PSA Peugeot Citroën is stepping up its commitment to eco-friendly vehicles by announcing plans to launch an assortment of new plug-in hybrid and electric models.

During the company's Innovation Day event, the automaker revealed plans to consolidate development of its lineup to just two modular platforms.  These platforms will enable future models to be offered with a variety of different powertrains including internal combustion, plug-in hybrid, and electric options.

The upcoming e-CMP platform is based on the company's Common Modular Platform (CMP) which was developed in partnership with Dongfeng Motors.  It will be used to underpin four different electric vehicles by 2021.  The first model will be launched in 2019 and it will have a driving range of up to 279 miles and an ultra-fast charging system that can provide up to 7.4 miles of range for every minute of charging. Motivation will be provided by a 50 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery which powers an electric motor that develops 115 horsepower.  PSA went on to say we can expect sedan, hatchback, and crossover variants with wireless recharging technology.

The Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2) will also be used to underpin an assortment of different eco-friendly vehicles starting in 2019.  Details are limited but PSA plans to introduce plug-in hybrid crossovers and sport utility vehicles with a "high-performance electric four-wheel drive" system and an electric-only range of 37.2 miles.   The models will have "leading-edge fuel efficiency in urban driving conditions" as well as a "large interior that does not compromise on passenger comfort or boot space."

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PSA Group presented its new electrification strategy at the Innovation Day event held on 25 May 2016. In order to meet all its customers' mobility and usage needs, PSA Group is consolidating the development of its models on two global modular platforms, which will allow it to offer a wide range of internal combustion, electric and plug-in hybrid petrol models as from 2019. Both platforms will be compatible with the manufacturing resources put in place as part of the Plant of the Future programme.

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 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 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.

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 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 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)

To facilitate use, 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. Seven plug-in hybrid vehicles will be gradually introduced between 2019 and 2021.

On Innovation Day, Gilles Le Borgne 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."