Hybrid Air as a Path to Creating Environment-Friendly Vehicles

August 23, 2013

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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