After a recent report tipped us to Mercedes-Benz planning four new EVs, two sedans and two crossovers, it appears the French from PSA are on to the same eco trail.
But the French automaker is ready to also deliver hatchbacks, besides sedans and crossovers in electric powertrain configuration. PSA Peugeot Citroen has decided to increase its presence in the green segment by revealing a strategy that is set to bring to life a plethora of new plug-in hybrid and electric models. The announcement was made during the company’s Innovation Day event, when the group also revealed it will consolidate the lineup development to just two highly modular architectures. The platforms will allow all future models to come with internal combustion, plug-in hybrid, and electric powertrain options.
The new e-CMP platform is derived from the carmaker’s Common Modular Platform (CMP) which was developed together with Dongfeng Motors and will serve the basis for the four new electric cars coming by 2021. PSA said we should expect sedan, hatchback, and crossover body styles complete with wireless recharging technology. The first model will arrive in 2019 and will be driven for 279 miles on a single charge – and recharging will be done via the ultra-fast charging system that can deliver 7.4 miles of range for every minute of charging. The powertrain will include an electric motor developing 115 horsepower, linked to a 50 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery.
Then there’s the Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2), who should also serve as the basis for a roster of different eco-friendly vehicles also appearing beginning with 2019. PSA wants to include among those plug-in hybrid crossovers and sport utility vehicles with a “high-performance electric four-wheel drive” system and an electric range of 37.2 miles.