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Peugeot’s revolutionary ‘Hybrid Air’ promises 140mpg

Story: Edward Stephens | Posted 3 June 2013 | In Car news, Cars and reviews, Peugeot

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Peugeot 2008 crossover

Peugeot’s Hybrid Air technology takes the electric motor out of hybrids. It uses a petrol/compressed air combination in the Peugeot 2008 crossover due to launch in 2016

PEUGEOT is on target to launch a completely different type of hybrid car in 2016.

Instead of the now familiar combination of a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor, the Peugeot 2008 Hybrid Air uses Peugeot’s new generation of 3-cylinder petrol engines with compressed air as the secondary power source. The system has been developed in conjunction with Bosch.

The car will launch with CO2  emissions of 69g/km and fuel economy of 97.4mpg. But the French car company is convinced that its 2008 Hybrid Air vehicle will ultimately be capable of 140mpg. Company car tax at today’s rates will be 5 percent.

The non-electric hybrid

  • 3-cylinder petrol engine mated to compressed air
  • 97.4mpg on launch with 140mpg predicted
  • Clever engine management optimises the two power sources
  • Company car tax of 5%

An advanced engine management system combines the two energy sources to achieve the highest efficiency in various situations.

The compressed air will assist, or even take the place of, the petrol engine during acceleration and moving off, the times when the most energy is needed.

Using compressed air in tandem with a petrol engine means the vehicle is much lighter than a diesel or petrol electric hybrid with its heavy batteries. Nor is there any compromise on space.

Peugeot’s current diesel-electric car, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, is capable of 74mpg and has emissions of 99g/km. And like all hybrids it’s not subject to the 3 percent diesel company car tax surcharge.

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