Trevor Collett | Jun 16, 2016

Groupe PSA’s Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands are set to enhance the electric vehicle ownership experience, when their respective EV models arrive in the coming years.

The French carmaker has wasted no time in outlining its electrically-driven future as part of PSA’s ‘Push To Pass’ strategy, and fast-charging is set to be a main feature of its battery design.

Charge times for all-electric models using a fast charger are as low as 30 minutes for 80 percent of the available driving range, charging at the rate of around 12km per minute.

A 7kW on-board charger can achieve 100km of range in around 90 minutes, but a full charge via this method would take around eight hours.

For plug-in hybrid models, a 3.3kW on-board charger can replenish the smaller PHEV battery pack in 4.5 hours - falling to 2.5 hours if a 6.6kW charger is optioned.

Further, PSA’s PHEV battery packs at 12kWh or 13kWh for SUVs are said to cram in 12 times the capacity of existing packs while offering up 20-30 percent more power (80 and 90kW respectively) than some competitors’ products.

“Having clean powertrain technologies and zero-emissions mobility devices is not enough,” Groupe PSA boss Carlos Tavares said, speaking with the UK’s Autocar.

“If the energy generation process is not clean then it is not going to deliver an appropriate result. This is an engineers' company, it has always been that way and will continue to be that way.”

Of the PSA trio, the DS brand is heavily tipped to be the first to offer the new EV tech as a premium option. Buyers can expect to see the first of these next-gen EV models in showrooms in 2019.

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