While concrete details about Peugeot’s U.S. entry remain dry, new information about next-gen Peugeot EVs continues emerging as Groupe PSA accelerates its EV transformation. One of these next-gen Peugeot EVs, possibly the first one, would be the next-gen Peugeot 3008 (codename: Peugeot P64)-derived Peugeot e-3008 (codename: Peugeot e-P64).
The next-gen Peugeot 3008 is expected to ride on the new eVMP platform (Electric Vehicle Modular Platform). Announcing this platform in July this year, Groupe PSA had said that it would be put into commercial use in 2023 and that the first model based on it will be a C-SUV. The Peugeot 3008 is the French conglomerate’s leading C-SUV across brands and is the strong contender for adopting new technologies. eVMP is a further developed EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2), but it is meant only for electrified vehicles.
Following the announcement of eVMP platform, in the same month, theautomobilist.fr said in a report that Nidec PSA emotors will manufacture the electric motors of the eVMP EVs in Tremery, France. Nidec PSA emotors is a JV company of Groupe PSA and Nidec established in 2018. The report went on to state that Groupe PSA will procure the battery packs from CATL initially and then change the source to a new JV company called Automotive Cells Company or just ACC in short, established with Total’s Saft.
In September, Groupe PSA/Opel and Total/Saft signed an agreement to create the reported JV company ACC. Their joint announcement said that the JV company will manufacture high-performance battery packs for EVs from 2023. Speaking to largus.fr recently, Yann Vincent, Managing Director, ACC, confirmed that Groupe PSA plans to use ACC-made battery packs in the eVMP platform-based EVs.
ACC plans to commence manufacturing of battery packs at two “gigafactories”, one located in Douvrin (France) and the other located in Kaiserslautern (Germany). Naturally, the Douvrin-made battery packs would be used for the Peugeot e-3008. But according to L’Argus, production in Douvrin won’t begin until late 2023 or early 2024 and the production capacity will be limited initially. It has reported that Groupe PSA has signed a supply contract with BYD as a plan B. BYD will supply battery packs for the locally manufactured Peugeot e-3008 for domestic sales in China anyway.
Groupe PSA has confirmed that the eVMP platform-based BEVs will come with 60-100 kWh (gross) battery pack options and FWD and AWD drivetrain layout options. The AWD configuration(s) will offer a maximum power of up to 250 kW or 335 hp. The WLTP range of the eVMP platform-based BEVs will be between 400-650 km or 249-404 miles. Vincent has told L’Argus that the battery packs of these BEVs will have a classic NMC (Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt) chemistry but with a lower level of Cobalt.
Peugeot U.S. launch
On February 26, 2019, Groupe PSA announced that it will launch the Peugeot brand in the United States under the second phase of its strategic plan Push to Pass for the period 2019-2021. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the company’s business and the American auto market, the plan is not cancelled. Larry Dominique, Chairman and CEO, PSA North America, said in August this year that the company plans to introduce Peugeot in North America, by 2023, thedetroitbureau.com reported. Should that be the final timeline, the next-gen Peugeot 3008 or the Peugeot e-3008 could be the first model for the U.S. market.
When will the Peugeot brand launch in the USA?
Groupe PSA will introduce Peugeot in the U.S. market in 2023.
Which will be the first Peugeot model in the U.S. market?
The next-gen Peugeot 3008 or the Peugeot e-3008 could be the first car identified for America.