French Carmaker Peugeot Debuts New Air-Hybrid Powertrain
The French have always been daring in the styling department– just look at the Citroen DS. But French automaker Peugeot is rolling out several new drivetrain technologies. In addition to a super-clean diesel and a three-cylinder gas engine, there is also word of a hybrid drive system that employs compressed air. PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Peugeot 2008 The new technology is supposed to employ a compressed air tank, which would take over for, or assist the three-cylinder small-displacement engine. This new powertrain will first appear in the 2016 Peugeot 2008 — a hatchback crossover — but could quickly move to other small commercial vehicles. A vehicle using compressed air can only run for a short period of time, so the emphasis is on use in smaller city cars.
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The engine will technically be production-ready by 2015, but the company Peugeot-Citroen is going to follow customer feedback very closely, and will base its next production moves on that response. According to the report from Autocar, if the technology is well received, it could make its way into small-to-mid-sized vehicles like the Citroen C3 or Peugeot 208.
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The non-hybrid new engines for Peugeot will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. But it is obviously this air-hybrid engine that we will be watching very closely in the years to come.