Peugeot reveals the work of its engineers responsible for assembling and testing the batteries of its electric cars (100% electric hybrid or plug-in), passenger cars and vans.
Each battery is tested to ensure reliability, performance and durability. Peugeot’s electrification will accelerate in 2022 with the new Peugeot 408, which will complete the plug-in hybrid model with the new Peugeot 308 and 100% electric utility vehicles. By the end of 2022, more than 70% of Peugeot models sold worldwide will be connected. In Europe, Peugeot electric models will account for 1 in 4 Lion brand cars sold in the first half of 2022 (compared to 1 in 6 in 2021). Today, one of the most popular cars is the Peugeot 208.
Peugeot electric cars – 100% from 2025
By 2025, 100% of the models in the Peugeot range will be connected. This will mean a significant increase in the number of batteries to be installed. The manufacturer estimates that by 2022 its teams will assemble up to 10,000 batteries per month for its passenger car range and up to 7,000 per month for its commercial vehicle range.
Battery within 60 minutes
It takes technicians about 60 minutes to assemble the 50 kWh battery modules (cells and pre-assembled components). The 75 kWh battery modules take about 90 minutes. They then put each battery through a series of rigorous quality tests before placing it in an electric vehicle. That’s why each unit comes with an 8-year/160,000 km warranty covering 70 percent capacity. A series of tests lasting 15 minutes is necessary to allow the battery to be installed in the vehicle.
The first test simulates the operation of the battery in the car after assembly. The performance test is then simulated using the battery at full power. The final test is the leak test. The battery pack is pressurized with gas, which allows checking for leaks by monitoring pressure loss. Proper sealing prevents water or dirt from entering the battery cells and affecting battery life or performance.
Five Peugeot production plants
Special operators work in the battery assembly departments of five plants of the Stellantis Group: Vigo and Zaragoza (Spain), Trnava (Slovakia), Sochaux and Mulhouse (France), and soon also Hordain (France). These production units assemble electric and thermal vehicles on a single line.
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Technicians who test and install batteries in Peugeot vehicles are selected based on their experience in the field of electrification and undergo a special training for 4 weeks. Due to the change in energy and the increasing mix of electric models, Peugeot and the Stellantis Group are increasing the number of qualified technicians to assemble and work on electric vehicles.