Tony O'Kane | May 12, 2016

French group PSA, parent company of Peugeot and Citroen, has announced it will team up with Chinese automaker Dongfeng to develop a new “electric Common Modular Platform” (e-CMP) that will be used in future all-electric vehicles by Dongfeng, Peugeot, Citroen and DS.

The e-CMP project is just one facet of the PSA-Dongfeng joint venture, with the first cars using the platform expected to roll out in 2019 and slated to be sold globally.

"The future e-CMP platform is a key milestone in our partnership with Dongfeng,” said PSA Chairman Carlos Tavares.

“It will speed up the worldwide development of both of our groups, while helping us to reach the strict carbon objective set for 2020”.

Details of precisely what kind of cars will be built around the e-CMP architecture have yet to be announced, but according to a press release issued by PSA they will comprise a range of cars spread across the light and small - or B and C - segments.

Whatever the case, don't expect the first cabs off PSA's EV rank to be anywhere near as wild as the Peugeot Fractal concept (pictured) shown at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show - a four-seat AWD convertible that boasted a single-charge range of 450km and an overall length shorter than a Peugeot 208.

The development of the e-CMP platform was announced as part of the new “5A+” mid-term plan for the Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile company, a French/Chinese joint venture primarily tasked with building Peugeot, Citroen and DS models for sale in China.

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