In Peugeot factories in France, Spain and Slovakia, a new profession skyrockets in payroll. With the transition to 100% electric across the entire range by 2025, the French manufacturer intends to hire with a vengeance. The task is of great importance: after receipt of the components, the batteries that will be used to power the motor of the electric cars must go through a substantial test phase.
The job of battery tester has a future and Peugeot wanted to highlight it. To be able to offer a guarantee of 8 years and 160,000 kilometers on its models, it is necessary to be able to certify the proper functioning of each module. In a recent blog post, the brand mentioned the time required for each check: one hour for a 50 kWh battery, 90 minutes for a more powerful battery (up to 75 kWh). That is to say the importance in the production chain.
“Each battery is tested to ensure reliability, performance and lifespan”, can we read in the published post. Experts deemed essential to guarantee the image of the brand, and who have been specially trained. “They are selected on the basis of their electrification skills and receive a month-long specialized training. […] The wider Stellantis Group is increasing the number of qualified technicians to assemble and work on electrified vehicles”added Peugeot.
Battery testing process unfolds in 3 main steps. The first is to consider the battery in a theoretical car to test its proper functioning. Then, its modules are tested at full load to verify if the performances indicated on the paper are true. Remember that in the 8-year and 160,000-kilometre warranty, Peugeot undertakes that the batteries retain at least 70% of their capacity (which deteriorates over time).
Finally, for the third and final step, Peugeot employees test the battery with its connections for cooling fluids. The mark checks the pressure and possible traces of loss of tightness or dirt.
In the first half, its electric range notably sold out thanks to the e-208 city car, which took first place in electric car sales in France in July. According to the manufacturer’s latest figures, one in four models sold is electric or hybrid in the first semester and on a European scale. Last novelty to be added to the range: the new Peugeot 408. Next year, we should certainly see the arrival of an electric version of the 308, which should boost sales considerably.