PSA sets up battery production in Slovakia
The French car manufacturer PSA intends to assemble the battery packs for electric and hybrid cars of its Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands at its Trnava (Slovakia) plant and later also at its Vigo (Spain) plant.
The Peugeot e-208, among other things, is manufactured in Trnava. The company also expects to assemble battery packs in some of its other factories in the future as soon as sales of electric cars increase, said Peugeot manager Yann Vincent. PSA currently purchases its battery cells from the South Korean company LG Chem and the Chinese supplier CATL.
While the production paths for the e-208 in Slovakia tend to be shorter, the production of the Opel Corsa-e is different: More than 800 kilometers lie between the planned battery assembly plant in Vigo on the Atlantic coast in eastern Spain and the Opel plant in Zaragoza.
PSA is in the middle of preparing the transition to the electric age: By 2025, the carmaker intends to offer offshoots with electric or hybrid drives for all 40 models of its subsidiary brands. It will start in 2019 with all-electric versions of the Peugeot e-208 and the DS 3 Crossback. In addition to the Opel Corsa-e, the electric version of the Peugeot 2008 will follow in 2020. PSA’s plug-in hybrid offensive will start in 2019 with a corresponding offshoot of the DS 7 Crossback, the PHEV versions of the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 models, the Citroën C5 Aircross and the above-mentioned Grandland X. The PSA DS 3 Crossback will also be available as a PHEV.