DS Automobiles, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's upscale brand, has created the E-Tense, which it says is a test-bed for future electric vehicles.
The two-seater sports car will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show on March 1. The car is built on a carbon-fiber platform and makes 402hp from its electric motor. It accelerates to 100kph (62mph) from standing in 4.5 seconds.
The car’s electric drivetrain was developed at the DS Performance division in Satory, France, where the electric motor and transmission cooling for the DS Virgin Racing Team’s Formula E race car was also developed.
“The E-Tense’s electric drivetrain is a test-bed for electric development going forward,” a PSA spokesman told Automotive News Europe.
The E-Tense was designed at PSA’s design center in Velizy near Paris and advances the styling cues of the current generation of DS models. The jewel-like headlights update the beaded LED effect of current cars to outline the edge of the front vents, while the rear indicators are mounted on the roof to draw comparisons with the 1955 Citroen DS.
The ‘scale-like’ rear LED lights “set the trend for future DS models,” the brand said in a statement.