PSA Peugeot Citroen weakness can hit electric JV – BMW image

BMW chief executive Norbert Reithofer, said that PSA Peugeot Citroen’s current weakness can have an impact on its joint venture BPC Electrification.

The German executive also said that the new alliance between PSA Peugeot Citroen and General Motors would not affect an engine partnership with the French mass-market carmaker.

The 50-50 joint venture between PSA and BMW is focusing on developing and producing everything involved in electrification, from battery packs to motors, chargers all the way to the sophisticated software needed to make the systems run smoothly and efficiently.

The partners want to come up with an array of hybrid systems that will be able to plug-and-play with a wide variety of different BMW, Citroen and Peugeot vehicles. While they are focusing on hybrid systems, it is believed likely they will also cooperate on more advanced battery-based propulsion systems, including plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

The two partners have invested over 100 million euros in a research and development facility in Munich, Germany, and in a production plant in Mulhouse, France.
Back in February, BMW agreed to expand its engine partnership beyond joint development of small four-cylinder petrol engines to include hybrid electric components.