Since DS Automobiles unveiled its first Formula E race car in 2015, the French carmaker has been continuously developing its single-seater all-electric race car. With its latest generation DS E-Tense FE 19, DS continues to be the only French brand to be an FIA-approved Formula E manufacturer for its 2018/2019 season.
It would then make sense for DS to trickle its learnings from Formula E into its production vehicles and the brand has just announced that all its new generation of vehicles will be offered either with a hybrid or pure electric powertrains from 2025 onwards.
The first model to be parked under the new electrification strategy is the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 – a plug-in hybrid SUV packing a 200 hp petrol mill assisted by two 80 kW (108 hp) electric motors (one on each axle) to give a combined output of 300 hp and 450 Nm of twist. The DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 will make its official debut in 2018 and DS claims the all-wheel-drive SUV will have a pure-electric range of 48 km.
That will be followed by DS’ first all-electric vehicle, the DS E-Tense Concept car that will make an appearance at the 2018 Paris International Motor Show. The concept car is said to feature an all-electric powertrain capable of generating 402 hp and 516 Nm of torque.
CEO of DS Automobiles, Yves Bonnefont, commented: “Starting in 2025, each new DS will be launched exclusively with electrified powertrains. Our ambition is very clear: for DS to be among the global leaders in electrified cars in its segment.”
DS 7 Crossback
DS E-Tense Concept Car