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BMW, PSA Peugeot jointly develop hybrid components

Posted: 07 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:hybrid electric vehicle? BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification? power electronics?

European car manufacturers BMW and PSA Peugeot Citroen will jointly set up a new company called BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification. The joint venture will work to develop hybrid electric vehicle components, including power electronics and software.

The product spectrum of the new company will include battery packs, E-machines, generators, power electronics and chargers as well as software for hybrid systems.

Initially, the initiative of BMW Group and PSA will aim to develop standard hybrid components for the electrification of their vehicle ranges. It will also create an open European platform on those technologies that will help the European industry to structure itself in the field of hybridization. To that extent, the joint venture will both integrate suppliers by outsourcing development work and could sell hybrid components to other companies beside its two shareholders. Joint R&D, production and component purchasing will leverage significant economies of scale for both companies.

The agreement was signed on February 1 by Norbert Reithofer, chairman of BMW AG, and Philippe Varin, chairman of PSA Peugeot Citro?n. The JV is scheduled to commence operations in the second quarter of 2011. The new hybrid components will be used in both partners' vehicles from 2014 onwards.

With the move, the two companies extend and expand their existing collaboration. BMW and PSA Peugeot Citro?n have been successfully cooperating on engines for several years, building together more than 1.8 million units from 2006 to 2010. In February 2010, the companies agreed to develop the next generation of their jointly designed four-cylinder petrol engine, which will also meet EU 6 requirements. The joint engine is currently built into a number of MINI, Peugeot and Citro?n brand models.

Christoph Hammerschmidt
??EE Times

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