The first fully electric vehicle by French manufacturer PSA will be launching in the second half of 2019. The technical specifications have now been announced and make the DS 3 Crossback a pretty decent option.
The DS 3 Crossback will feature a 100 kW electric motor, powered by a 50 kWh lithium-ion battery. This puts the compact premium SUV at a range of 300 km according to WLTP standards. The former NEDC would have given the electric car 450 km.
While DS has not gone into detail concerning charging, it is most likely their EV will work with Type 2 (AC) and CCS (DC). For the latter, DS said the battery can be charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes, if the charging station is able to deliver 100 kW. Using a wall box, it can be charged in five hours, indicating a charging power of 11 kW.
The electric motor boasts 260 Nm torque, and can accelerate from 0 to 50 kph in 8.7 seconds, with a top speed of 150 kph. The vehicle also features partially autonomous driving, with the DS Drive Assist the vehicle can automatically remain in a driving lane, as well as adapting speed (down to a complete standstill), while the driver can take back control of the vehicle at any time.
Recently, PSA’s other subsidiary Citroën revealed their SUV C5 Aircross hybrid concept at the Paris Motor Show, which shows a glimpse of the hybrid plans by the company. The vehicle will be launched on the market in 2020, which is a slight delay from the original plan. The hybrid concept combines a 180 hp combustion motor with an 80 kW electric motor.