PSA is promising four all-electric models by 2021 and new plug-in hybrids by 2019

There is no denying it – hybrid and all-electric vehicles have made their mark on the automotive market and aren’t going away anytime soon. As such, every manufacturer is trying to get its own piece of the pie. PSA Group, the folks behind cars like the Peugeot 2008 and the Citroen C4, just presented its new strategy for electrification at the Innovation Day event earlier today. They are known as the Common Modular Platform and the Efficient Modular Platform.

Gilles Le Borgne, the Executive Vice President of research and development for PSA, 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.”

The Efficient Modular Platform – dubbed EMP2 – will be used for compact and premium models and has already been introduced in the Citroen C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308 back in 2013. Starting in 2019, the platform will be used to deploy the group’s first plug-in hybrid models. The plan includes SUVs and crossovers that will have electric four-wheel drive and up to 37 miles of all-electric range. The biggest advantage, however, will be that interior space won’t be compromised thanks to the design of the platform and battery location. Furthermore, PSA is claiming there will be efficiency gains of up to 40 percent in urban driving conditions.

The Common Modular Platform, dubbed CMP, was co-developed with Dongfeng Motors and is slated for use in compact city cars, compact SUVs, and core sedan models. Claims in the press release point to the development of multi-purpose electric vehicles with a range of up to 279 miles with one minute of charging providing up to 7.45 miles of range. According to PSA’s recent press release, the plan is to introduce four all-electric models by 2021, with the first one hitting showrooms as early as 2019.

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PSA Launches New Electrification Solutions For Its Future Hybrid Cars
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Both platforms announced today look pretty promising. The CMP platform will house a 50 kWh battery in the center of the floor and should have a 115-horsepower electric motor mounted in the front. The platform features a 7 kW on-board charger, a high-performance heat pump, and regenerative braking. The EMP2 platform will feature a 3.3-kW on-board charger and a 13 kWh battery. An 80 kW electric motor will reside in the rear, while a gasoline-powered engine with anywhere between 150 and 200 horsepower will be mounted up front along with another 80 kW electric motor. This platform will benefit from an eight-gear electric transmission.

As I said, these platforms both look promising, by why not offer the EMP2 platform with a 50 kW battery and larger on-board charger as well? This would increase the all-electric range of the hybrid vehicles substantially if engineers are able to shed additional weight elsewhere. Maybe there is something I don’t understand here about hybrids, but it seems to me like some manufacturers are purposely holding by on battery size on most hybrid vehicles. Either way, we’ll see how things go by the end of the decade when PSA plans on dropping the first new models on these platforms. We will update you on those models as soon as more light is shed on the situation.

Press Release

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.

PSA Launches New Electrification Solutions For Its Future Hybrid Cars
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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."

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