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Hybrid Air as a Path to Creating Environment-Friendly Vehicles

To address the challenge of developing vehicles that are environment-friendly, PSA Peugeot Citroen is creating new technology that combined a gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine and compressed air storage. Hybrid air is believed to be the key path towards saving fuel.

Reason for the Innovation

Over the past few years, global warming has become a major concern. Greenhouse gases and other air pollutants have increased in the atmosphere. Therefore, it is essential to come up with a solution to address this issue. Hybrid air is a technology that seems to address the issue of greenhouse gases. Such hybrid technology is available to customers at an affordable price, considering its great performance.

What is Hybrid Air?

It refers to a new hybrid technology that makes use of compressed air and petrol. It combines tested and tried technologies, which are, a unit that stores energy in compressed air form, a petrol engine, an automatic transmission and a hydraulic motor pump. This is a technique that is closely linked to the Hybrid4 electric hybrid, but it is best suited for more powerful vehicles in the compact and mid-size car categories. Hybrid air offers a total ownership cost that is more competitive. Also, it serves as a global response for the need of vehicles that are energy-efficient. It is a technology that can adapt to any driving and climate conditions.

Benefits of Hybrid Air for Users

  • Pleasant and comfortable drive

City driving will offer 60 to 80 percent Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mode, based on the prevailing traffic. The technology also has automatic transmission that gives a drive that is not only pleasant, but also smooth and top-quality.

  • Consumption

The homologated performance is 69 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. This translates to 2.9l/100km. This is reasonable considering the conventional style of Peugeot 208 or Citroen C3 without specific adaptations

  • No compromise

With this hybrid technology, there is saving of vehicle space. This space is owed to the cabin, trunk, and modular design. The technology is also strong and reliable. It offers a mechanical system that is easy and economical to maintain. Additionally, the environmental footprint is small since the materials used are easily recyclable.

  • Universal technology

This is a technology that can be used by all customers. It is not only affordable, but also global. It is possible to industrialize it on many markets. The technology can be applied to any passenger car as well as the Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV) sections.

  • Partners and Patents

Eighty percent of the technology patents have been filed by PSA Peugeot Citroen. French is a partner for developing the technology. Bosch and Faurecia are other strategic partners.


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Electric and Hybrid Car Owners to be Taxed

North Carolina is planning to join the increasing number of states considering taxing electric and hybrid car owners. The fees will help in making up for revenue lost through drivers who drive gas-efficient vehicles. Several alternative-fuel vehicle owners and a few advocacy groups have considered the approach as a wrong move to balance United States priorities. However, some experts and policy makers have argued that taxing electric and hybrid car owners is matters of ensuring that all drivers help pay their part in constructing new roads and providing maintenance.

Gas Taxes as a Major Source of Transportation Funding

Gas taxes are a significance source of funding for the transportation industry. They make up to 40 percent of all the revenues for state highways. This is according to the findings obtained by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). It is unfortunate that the revenues have failed to keep up with the increasing costs of construction. The research group further approximates that local and state gas-tax revenue dropped by 7 percent between the years 2004 and 2010.

Mile-Based Taxing System

Several transportation organizations and many other groups have asserted that a change in the taxation system should be made in such a way that car owners are taxed based on the miles travelled. Such reforms will come with their own challenges and hurdles, and currently, states are aiming at finding other solutions to the taxation issue. Approximately ten states are considering passing or have already passed the legislation that will see collection of fees from hybrid and electric car owners.

Experts’ Viewpoints

According to a transportation and environmental analyst at the NCSL, Kristy Hartman, charging electric and hybrid car owners’ registration fee or some form of additional annual fee would be more preferable compared to miles-driven tax. This is because there are some privacy issues raised by modern technology. The plan to charge vehicles based on miles travelled was scrapped in New Jersey amid pushback from legislators and media. Instead, the state chose to charge a flat fee for all electric cars.

North Carolina senators believe that the policy of charging a flat fee makes sure that all drivers contribute a fair share towards the maintenance of roads and the services used. It is therefore, logical for such drivers or car owners to pay a small fee for using the roads and highways. Since the issue is still controversial, it is essential to come up with a generally accepted way for all drivers to take part in road maintenance.



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