Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air 2L Concept – the Car that Runs on Air!
One day in the near future we may all be driving around in cars that rely on nothing but air …….for our leasing customers we have a look at how this technology works in Peugeots new concept car …….
The newly updated air powered car will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show. The idea of running a car on air has been a work in progress for Peugeot for many years – the French government set the challenge to produce a car that can deliver 141 mpg by 2020 and Peugeot have listened!
The idea is to use compressed air to boost a small capacity engine rather than batteries, leading to less expense and less weight - this is good news for fuel efficiency.
When driving the Peugeot air hybrid there will be 3 modes available;
- Compressed air only – this mode can be used for lower speed and will produce zero emissions.
- Petrol engine only – the latest concept model includes a 1.2 litre Pure Tech engine that would be used when more acceleration is needed or for faster speeds such as motorway driving.
- A combination – this is exactly that a combination of petrol and air.
The best option for your driving conditions will be selected for you, the zero emissions option will always be selected and used as much as possible.
To keep the weight of the Peugeot down the new version has used steel, aluminium and as much carbon composite as possible. These improvements have skimmed 100kg of the last air hybrid model to make the weight of the new air hybrid concept only 860 kg. The new hybrid has also been made as aerodynamic as possible with wing mirrors replaced by cameras, a bootlid mounted spoiler and a smoothed windscreen surround to name just a few of the tweaks Peugeot have made.
The compressed air system has 3 elements; there is a compressed air tank blow the boot, a low pressure tank near the rear axle and a hydraulic motor and pump in the engine bay. The system uses the force of pressurised air released from the tank to power a hydraulic air motor. It now takes a tiny 10 seconds for the air to be compressed to full power – this is achieved one of two ways; energy from the wheels is used when not accelerating or when braking, if this option is not available the engine can lend a hand.
As research continues and modifications are made, a car that runs on the power of air is becoming a real alternative to electric hybrids already out on the market.
Take a look at our Blog ‘A Look at Electric Cars for our Leasing Customers’ to see what’s already available to reduce your carbon footprint!
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15 September 2014
Written by Rivervale