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PSA Groupe, formerly known as PSA Peugeot Citroen, has presented details of its new electric and plug-in hybrid strategy that will focus on a new modular platform developed with Chinese partner Dongfeng Motors.

In its presentation, PSA Groupe outlined its plans to introduce four fully-electric models (EVs) by 2021 and a further seven plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants by the same year.

This follows Peugeot’s announcement that the new 3008 SUV will spearhead the company’s electrified line-up with a plug-in hybrid variant in 2019.

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The new electrified models will be developed on the group’s two global modular platforms; the Efficient Modular Platform (EMP2) that already underpins current models such as the Peugeot 308 and Citroen C4 Picasso, and the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) that is the product of the French alliance’s partnership with Chinese company Dongfeng.

PSA and Dongfeng’s CMP platform will underpin upcoming small cars, core sedans and compact SUVs from both companies. It is believed that the new CMP platform will underpin the next-generation Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3 small cars.

The CMP platform will be the basis of the all-electric e-CMP platform that will spawn a range of at least four electric vehicles. The company claims these models will offer a range of up to 450 kilometres, along with ultra-fast charging that provides up to 12km of driving range per minute of charging.

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PSA says that the e-CMP platform will underpin four new EVs to be introduced by 2021, with the first of the quartet scheduled for a 2019 release.

Underpinning the alliance’s larger electrified fleet will be the EMP2 platform, which is the foundation of several current models from Peugeot, Citroen and Dongfeng.

The company says the EMP2 platform is dedicated to compact and premium models, and will provide the basis for seven PHEV models by 2021. It is likely that the recently-revealed 3008 SUV will be the first PHEV model from the PSA Dongfeng stable, scheduled for release in 2019.

PSA claims that the new EMP2-based PHEVs will include SUVs and CUVs with high-performance electric four-wheel drive systems, up to 60 kilometres of electric range and a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over equivalent combustion-only models.

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The new plug-in models will be offered with a four-hour home charging system, with the option of a sub-two-hour fast-charging system.

At the Innovation Day event, Gille Le Borgne, PSA’s executive vice president for research and development, said: “These next-generation hybrid and electric technologies will compliment our range of internal combustion engines, thereby enabling [the] PSA Group to offer its customers a diversified line-up of technologies that meet all of their mobility needs”.

“This innovative strategy clearly demonstrates the group’s commitment to global, sustainable solutions that will allow us to take on the energy transition challenge.”

While PSA’s announcement plans a 2019 start date for its electrified rollout, it is likely that the Australian market will have to wait a little longer than Europe and China.

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