France's PSA Promising 250 Mi. Range Electric Cars
Working in collaboration with China's Dongfeng Motors, France's PSA Group, which includes Peugeot, Citroen and the newly spun-off DS brand, is developing two global vehicle platforms. The e-CMP, short of Electric Common Modular Platform is designed to support several types of vehicle types from hatchbacks to sedans to SUVs. What makes their efforts of particular interest is that they are claiming EV ranges up to 450 km, or around 250 miles, easily rivaling claims by Chevrolet for its Bolt and Tesla for its Model 3.
Even more promising is the possibility of rapid charging the vehicle in minutes instead of hours. Equipped with a 7kW onboard charger and 50kWh lithium-ion battery paclk, PSA is claiming its fast charge system can add 7.5 miles (approx. 12 km) of driving range per minute of charge time. Charging can be done with either a conductive plug or wireless (inductive) charging. The car is propelled by a 115 HP electric motor through the front axle. Top speed is 150 km/h (93 mph).
The first e-CMP models are slated to appear as early as 2019 with three additional models to be added to the lineup by 2021.
The Group is also working on electric hybrid (plug-in) models based on its EMP2 architecture that combines a gasoline engine generator and electric drive, with the EV-mode promising a maximum electric driving range of 60 km (38 miles). Recharge time is estimated to be just over 2 hours with the optional fast charger.
Sales of both vehicle platforms will initially concentrate on Europe and China, with other international markets to follow. Below is a PSA video highlighting the e-CMP platform.
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