Peugeot has been a bit late to the pure-electric vehicle (EV) market. The French automaker only introduced the e-208 and e-2008 last year, months after their gasoline-powered counterparts officially debuted in 2019. But just because they’re late to the game doesn’t mean they won’t step up to the challenge.
In fact, Peugeot is already working on a new dedicated EV platform for even bigger vehicles. How big you ask? According to the automaker, the new platform will serve a wide range of EVs in the C- and D- segment. Yes, both sedans and SUVs/crossovers included.
The new platform is called eVMP, short for “Electric Vehicle Modular Platform”. It features the engineering know-how of Groupe PSA which uses the entire sub-floor for the battery. As such, it can carry 60 to 100 kWh battery packs depending on the model.
Peugeot claims the engineering and design allow the platform to offer an all-electric range from 400 km to 650 km (WLTP cycle) depending on the body. Furthermore, hybrid derivatives may be offered in certain markets us this upcoming electric platform as a base.
Along with an advanced design, Peugeot says that the eVMP platform will also be cost-efficient. The French automaker cites the use of “of certain sub-assemblies and existing high-performance battery modules”. More so, the electrical components are made in-house in driving down costs even more.
“This global platform will make it possible to offer a range of vehicles that are perfectly respectful of the environment, meeting the changing expectations of our customers and guaranteeing driving pleasure and safety on board, values that are the basis of the Group's reputation today,” said Nicolas Morel, Research and Development Director at Groupe PSA.
Don’t expect to see a C- or D- segment Peugeot EV anytime soon though. The models that will be based on this platform will be launched by 2023; a good three years away. By that time, there might be other automakers who will have already rolled out their various EVs and platforms then.
Will the French manufacturer be a leader in electrified models in the future? We will have to wait and find out.