PSA Peugeot Citroen will be rolling out two platforms with vehicles in 2019 powered by gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains.
Both of the two new global platforms will first appear in DS luxury models. PSA Group will at first be rolling out an all-electric luxury model that can drive 279 miles per charge under European Union range standards.
As part of French automaker PSA Group’s launch of two new multi-energy global platforms in 2019, a battery electric vehicle with 279 EU miles will be launched under the DS luxury brand. Autocar reports that the two platforms will offer vehicles powered by gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric powertrains. Both of the two new global platforms will first appear in DS models.
These will be EU models sold in Europe, and probably won’t be sold in the U.S. The 279 figure cited by Autocar likely comes from the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), and would be lower if sold in the U.S. under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.
The larger of the two multi-energy global platforms, EMP2, will be used for C and D platform cars. The smaller platform, CMP, will serve smaller B and C segments.
EMP2 will include plug-in hybrids in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive formats. They’ll be gasoline-electric plug-in hybrids, as PSA phases out diesel hybrid technology. The larger EMP2 platform will include a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which will be marketed as a superior solution for larger cars.
The new CMP platform electric vehicle will be powered by a 113 brake horse power front-mounted electric motor, and its maximum speed will be 93 mph. Its energy will be stored in a next-generation lithium ion battery with a capacity of 50 kWh.
The battery size of the new all-electric luxury car points to the inaccuracies of comparing it to range figures approved by the EPA for cars sold in the U.S. market. For comparisons, the Tesla Model S 70D sold in the U.S. can travel up to 240 miles on a charge if it comes with the 70 kWh battery, according to the EPA calculator. The 2017 Chevy Bolt will come with a 60 kWh battery and will be able to go over 200 miles on a charge, but not more than 230 miles. The Tesla Model 3 will come with less than 60 kWh in its standard battery and will be able to travel 215 miles or more per charge.
The first DS luxury electric car will roll out on the new CMP platform and its next-gen battery with a capacity of 50 kWh. That’s likely to be under 200 miles per charge.
The charging specifications cited by Autocar would also need EPA standards as the baseline if sold in the U.S. Understanding how this translates to charging in the U.S. market would require reporting of realistic range.
Fast home charging for PSA Group all-electric CMP platform vehicles sold in Europe is available through a 7 kW onboard charger. It’s capable of charging for a range of 62 miles in 90 minutes. An ultra-fast charging system is available that delivers an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes. That translates to 7.5 miles of additional range for every one minute of charging time, according to Autocar.
For plug-in electric vehicles built on the EMP2 platform, the batteries can be charged in 4.5 hours using the standard home charging system. It will take 2.5 hours of charging if the homeowner has a 32-amp socket installed to power a 6.6kW charger.