To cope with the challenge of creating an environment-friendly vehicle, PSA Peugeot Citroën is developing an all-new technology combining Gasoline internal combustion engine and compressed air storage. “Hybrid Air” is a key step in the path toward fuel consumption of 2 l/100 km. The major innovation lies in the way the powertrain adapts to driving styles, adjusting independently to one of three modes: Air, Gasoline, Combined. Hybrid Air technology will be fitted on B-segment models starting in 2016.
With a CO2/price trade-off unmatched by any of the current hybrid technologies, hybrid air represents a real breakthrough. Hybrid Air technology offers multiple advantages for the customer:
- Affordability. This innovation will make it possible to offer an attractive hybrid range, with broad coverage of all passenger car and light commercial vehicle segments both in and outside Europe. It will be featured on B segment (82 hp petrol engine) and C segment (110 hp petrol engine) models, as well as light commercial vehicles.
- Low fuel consumption and a significantly reduced environmental footprint thanks to fuel savings of 45% in city driving that translate into a 90% increase in driving range compared with conventional engines with the same power rating. Certified fuel consumption stands at 2.9l/100km in combined-cycle driving, for CO2 emissions of around 69g/km for standard body style models such as the Citroën C3 or Peugeot 208. In comparison, PSA Peugeot Citroën’s 3-cylinder petrol engines with manual gearshift produce 104g of CO2 per km in combined-cycle driving. Vehicles equipped with Hybrid Air technology can also run on Air Power alone (with no CO2 emissions) 60 to 80% of the time in city driving, depending on traffic density, thanks to the optimal efficiency of energy recovery during braking. Lastly, the materials used in Hybrid Air technology are both plentiful and easily recyclable, for a lower environmental impact.
- Uncompromising driving comfort and road handling. Hybrid Air delivers perceptible driving sensations, such as nimble response with the boost effect, as well as first-class road handling thanks to an automatic transmission without torque interruption.
- Worldwide viability. Hybrid Air technology is viable in all markets, making it possible to offer energy efficient automobiles in all types of climates and regardless of the extent of the maintenance network. In addition, Hybrid Air technology can be industrialised in numerous high-growth international markets.
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