PSA Groupe and Dongfeng to co-develop compact EVs
State-owned manufacturer Dongfeng Motors, which has built Peugeot and Citroen models for the Chinese market since the Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile joint venture was formed in 1992, began developing a platform for compact models with PSA Groupe last April.
The Common Modular Platform will now also form the basis for a dedicated architecture which will underpin globally-available high-performance electric vehicles in the B and C-segments, under all three brands, starting from 2019. This could mean electric versions of the Peugeot 208 and 308, Citroen C3 and C4 and DS 3 and 4 are in the pipeline.
It follows the recent announcement of PSA Group’s ‘Push to Pass’ sustainable growth strategy, which includes launching seven plug-in hybrids and four electric vehicles, based on two platforms, by 2021.
Carlos Tavares, Chairman of PSA Group's Managing Board, said: “The future e-CMP platform is a key milestone in our partnership with Dongfeng. It will speed up the worldwide development of both of our groups, while helping us to reach the strict carbon objective set for 2020.”