Automobiles

DS Automobiles: Electric technology from racetrack to road

DS is accelerating the development of electrified cars. Starting with DS 7 Crossback, it will be releasing a new model every year, all with an electrified version (hybrid or all-electric). DS Automobiles is competing in Formula E – a valuable test-bed for gaining experience and accelerated development.

Eric Apode, DS Product and Development director, commented, “DS is entering the electrified vehicles scene. By 2025, more than a third of DS vehicles sold will be hybrid or all-electric. The performance models will be provided by the hybrid versions and the first in the series is DS 7 Crossback E-Tense – the DS vision of hybrid power with 300bhp and a 60km electric range.”

Supplementing the 200bhp Turbo High Pressure (THP) petrol engine, DS 7 Crossback E-Tense carries two 80kW electric motors to drive each axle, and is capable of deploying a total deployable power output of 300bhp with four-wheel drive. It delivers torque of 516Nm from startup and boasts a potential top speed of 250km/h. Its lithium-ion battery provides a capability to travel a potential range distance of 270km and it is also perfectly suited to everyday motoring applications.