Transmission manufacturer Punch Powertrain has been selected by PSA Group as its supplier of electrified transmission systems. The Belgian company will supply its patented electric dual-clutch transmissions (e-DCT) to the French carmaker by 2022.
Punch’s dual-clutch transmission design has been cited by PSA as the main reason for the partnership, as it is claimed to use fewer components, resulting in a lighter, more compact transmission. It is also said to deliver on both performance and fuel economy at a competitive cost. The next-generation version with an integrated 48-volt motor will be utilised by PSA in its vehicles.
The move to secure Punch’s supply of e-DCTs is part of PSA’s push towards the development of electrified vehicles such as mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The carmaker aims to electrify 100% of its vehicle range by 2025. To its end, Punch has invested heavily to meet the requirements of this project, including the acquisition of power electronics expert Apojee.
Does the name Punch sound familiar to you? It should – it supplies continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) to Proton. The national carmaker was also in talks with PSA Group for a strategic partnership before saddling up with eventual partner Geely.