The transmission manufacturer Punch Powertrain, which previously worked for the PSA group (Punch Powertrain PSA e-Transmissions), now a member of Stellantis, has started production of a new plug-in hybrid drive that will be present in all the group’s brands. Called e-DCS, this dummy dual-clutch gearbox will be available in two versions, one under Hybrid 48V technology for mild hybrids and one for plug-in hybrid models.
48V mild hybrid version
In this case, the system is made up of a new generation 1.2-liter PureTech gasoline engine with 136 HP of power and is associated with a six-speed dual-clutch electrified gearbox that includes an electric motor. This develops a maximum power of 21 kW (28 CV) and allows the vehicle to be driven 100% electric “when torque needs are low”, according to Peugeot, while helping the combustion propulsion system to reduce its consumption.
In addition, it has a 48-volt lithium-ion battery with a gross capacity of 898 Wh that is located under the left front seat and recharges while driving. It provides “additional torque at low revs and reduces fuel consumption by up to 15%,” the company stressed. It is designed to maintain “the same level of performance throughout the life of the vehicle” and comes with an original 8-year/100,000-mile warranty.
This new mechanism replaces the PureTech 130 EAT8 and will be released on the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 in Europe in the second quarter of 2023. Later it will be available on other models in the range, such as the 208, 2008, 308, 308 SW, and the 408.
New 320V plug-in hybrid motor
The plug-in hybrid version shares 93% of the architecture of the 48V mild hybrid version. The e-DCS PHEV is mounted on a 320V architecture and an electric motor that can deliver 92 to 115 kW (123 – 154 hp). ) depending on the vehicle. This engine, called the M1, is supplied by Emotors, the joint venture created by Nidec and PSA.
The transmission, which will gradually replace the Aisin e-EAT8, is powered by a larger lithium-ion battery, with a capacity of around 20 kWh. As a consequence, the electric range will be above the 50 km currently approved by the models that mount it. It will be associated with the 1.6 PureTech gasoline engine, reworked by Opel to comply with the Euro 7 emission standard that will come into force in July 2025).
The deployment of the e-DCS PHEV among the different brands that make up the Stellantis Group will be carried out gradually: six vehicles in 2023, 23 in 2024, 39 in 2025, and 16 in 2026. The first model in which it will be implemented will be the new Peugeot 3008 which will hit the market already with him around November of this year. If the current 1.6 plug-in hybrid is available in 180, 225, 250, 300, and 360 hp, the new 1.6 will initially be offered in its 200 hp version and without four-wheel drive.