PARIS -- PSA Group has created a new electric vehicle business unit and reorganized its powertrain management structure as it prepares to launch electrified versions of all its models starting in 2019.
Alexandre Guignard will lead the new Low Emission Vehicles business unit as a senior vice president.
Guignard will oversee development of electrified powertrains across all of PSA's model range by 2025. He will also be responsible for helping PSA meet fleet CO2 emissions standards, including the 2020 European Union regulations.
PSA will offer 40 electrified models across its five brands -- Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Vauxhall and DS -- worldwide by 2025, CEO Carlos Tavares told the Automotive News World Congress in January.
The automaker will launch full-electric versions of its Peugeot 208 and upcoming DS 3 Crossback cars in 2019, company executives told investors last year. The Peugeot 2008 will get a battery-powered option in 2020.
Guignard was previously in charge of the development of large and compact vehicles for PSA. His unit will report to Linda Jackson, CEO of the Citroen brand.
He replaces in an expanded position Alain Raposo, who previously headed PSA's programs and strategy for electric vehicles.
Raposo becomes head of powertrain and chassis engineering, PSA said. In his new role Raposo succeeds Christian Chapelle, who will lead cost-saving operations for the automaker's Middle East and Africa regions.
Raposo joined PSA in July 2017 as senior vice president for electric vehicle programs. He had previously been global vice president in charge of powertrains and electric vehicle engineering at the Renault-Nissan. He left that post in December 2016, as Renault and other automakers faced questions from French regulators over real-world diesel emissions.