PSA develops better batteries and chargers for its electric cars image

Peugeot-Citroen is working on new electric-related technologies to provide greater power and range to its future green models.

The French auto group will fit its next-generation plug-in hybrid passenger cars with 12kWh batteries and 13kWh for “green” sport utility vehicles, cure 12 times the capacity of existing PHEV packs, which will also provide up to 30 percent more power. With help from a 3.3kW onboard charger, the 210-350V batteries (240-400V for the SUV) can be toped up in 4.5 hours, or even faster by 2 hours if a 6.6kW quick charger is installed. The 7kW onboard charger is capable of delivering a 62-mile range (100 km) after just 90 minutes of charging, while a full cycle will take eight hours. Furthermore, a wall-mounted fast charger can deliver an 80 percent charge in just half an hour.

PSA announced last month that it plans to use that Common Modular Platform (CMP), jointly developed with its Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor, and to modify it so that it can be used for all-electric, B and C segment vehicles for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Dongfeng brands from 2019. In addition, four electric models have been promised to be introduced by 2021. Furthermore, the upscale Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2) dedicated to compact and premium models will spawn seven plug-in hybrid vehicles that will be gradually introduced between 2019 and 2021.

Via Autocar