Peugeot has announced plans to bring the 208 HYbrid Air 2L concept to next month's Paris Motor Show.

Peugeot has announced plans to bring the 208 HYbrid Air 2L concept to next month's Paris Motor Show.

The original 208 HYbrid FE concept was unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show and now Peugeot is ready to present an evolution based on the same three-door 208 but featuring a wide array of changes. While the model upon which is based weighs 960 kg, this one has gone through a 100 kg diet as a result of a more extensive use of aluminum and carbon composites.

The standard car is equipped with a three-cylinder 1.2-liter Puretech 82 gasoline engine and a five-speed manual gearbox but the concept uses a hybrid drivetrain featuring a mix of petrol and compressed air. It encompasses a compressed air tank below the trunk, a low-pressure tank near the rear axle (acting as an expansion chamber) and a hydraulic system with a motor and a pump in the engine bay.

The aforementioned hydraulic system has a specially developed epicyclic transmission to provide the right balance between the two energy sources and also offers automatic shifting. Peugeot says the concept can be driven solely on compressed air when "Air" mode is selected while in "Petrol" mode it runs only on the gasoline engine. There's also a "Combined" mode in which the vehicle draws its power from the two energy sources.

The compressed air tank can be recharged when driving slowly or by partially using the energy developed by the three-cylinder gasoline engine. Regardless of the method used, reaching maximum pressure is done in only ten seconds.

All the efforts made by Peugeot in this area are part of an ongoing process to meet a challenge set by the French government for a 2020 production car capable of consuming just 2 liters / 100 km (117.6 mpg US or 141.2 mpg UK). The first model to use a HYbrid Air system will be the second generation 2008 programmed to come out in 2016.

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