PSA develops platform for larger EV models
French PSA, manufacturer of brands like Citroën, DS, Peugeot, Opel, and when the merger is final also the brands of Fiat-Chrysler (FCA), is developing a new platform to build larger electric cars with an autonomy of up to 650 km.
Larger EV models
Currently, PSA is mainly building more compact B-segment, electric-powered models, on the eCMP platform such as the Peugeot e208, the electric Opel Corsa, and an EV version of the DS3 E-Tense.
But the group also has plans to develop larger plug-in vehicles. This is necessary to meet the global CO2 targets (95 grams of CO2 as from 2021).
After all, as vehicles grow in size, their consumption and corresponding CO2 emissions increase. To avoid having to remove larger models (with conventional internal combustion engines) from the line-up to avoid sky-high fines, the advent of an electric platform for larger models is a necessity.
More battery space
The new eVMP vehicle platform (electric vehicle modular platform) is an evolution of the existence of the eCMP chassis and will, of course, be larger, tailored to C- and D-segment vehicles. But more space is provided for the batteries.
There is room for a battery pack of 60 to 100 kWh (comparable to Tesla, for example) so that the autonomy of the vehicles can be up to 650 km.
Because the development of a platform absorbs a lot of resources and because this is not obvious in the current economic climate, the eVMP base will be used by all brands of the group.
It will be ‘multifunctional’, meaning that on this base, the carmakers cannot only build purely electric models but also plug-in hybrid models (PHEV) are possible. It looks like the first model using this platform will be on the market as early as 2023.