Groupe PSA promises cars with 400-mile ranges
French carmaker Groupe PSA – which owns the Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall brands – is to design a new electric vehicle platform that will enable it to build larger electric cars, likely able to travel longer distances than we currently expect from most EVs.
The platform, called eVMP – short for electric Vehicle Modular Platform – will underpin cars launched in the C segment (family hatchbacks such as the Peugeot 308) and D segment (cars such as the Vauxhall Insignia) as well as other similarly sized cars, including SUVs.
The vehicles will be able to draw their power from a battery pack with a capacity ranging from 60kWh to 100kWh. This should mean owners will be able to make journeys of between 250 miles and 406 miles on a single charge. This upper range is considerably greater than is available from most electric cars at the moment.
Vehicles built on the eVMP platform will begin production in 2023.
Peugeot claims the efficiency of eVMP will come from optimising ITS research and development (R&D) and industrialisation costs. By using existing high-performance battery modules and by designing the new eVMP platform to be built in existing factories, PSA says it hopes further investment will be unnecessary which should make the cars more affordable.
“With this eVMP platform, Groupe PSA once again demonstrates its ability to innovate by developing state-of-the-art, affordable technologies for its customers,” said Nicolas Morel, research and development director at Groupe PSA. “This frugality will enable a significant reduction in R&D and industrial investments. [So that] this [new] global platform will make it possible to offer a range of vehicles that are perfectly respectful of the environment [and] meet the changing expectations of our customers [while] guaranteeing driving pleasure and safety on board.”