Ground-breaking environmental technology for New Peugeot 2008 Hybrid Air
The Peugeot 2008 Hybrid Air will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, this new model boasts ground breaking environmental technology, it combines drive from petrol and compressed air. Peugeot believe this technology is a key step in achieving the goal of 140mpg while reducing fuel consumption and co2 emissions.
Co2 emissions have already been reduced in the Peugeot range, the accomplished HYbrid4, diesel-electric hybrid, is part of this process. It was launched as a world first by Peugeot on the 3008 Crossover; it was then extended to the 508 RXH and the 508 Saloon HYbrid4. Peugeot have set a goal to reduce the average co2 emissions of its range to 116g/km by 2015 and continue to protect the environment.
The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 was first full hybrid diesel-electric crossover in the world it boasts CO2 emissions of just 91g/km. There are many benefit when owning any of the three Peugeot HYbrid4 models as they offer very attractive advantages for company car users, good fuel economy and low emissions, HYbrid4 vehicles also benefit from low BIK (Benefit In Kind) taxation (10% on 3008 HYbrid4 & 508 Saloon HYbrid4, 12% on 508 RXH) and for companies the vehicles attract 100% Capital Write Down Allowance in the first year.
The Hybrid Air Technology
The breakthrough Hybrid Air technology will be introduced on the new Peugeot 2008, the new urban crossover will combine petrol and compressed air and will be shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.
The compressed air will assist, or even take the place of, the petrol engine during the phases which consume the most energy when accelerating and moving off. This technology uses certain components new to the motor industry but widely tested in other sectors such as aeronautics. The HYbrid Air consists of: an energy tank containing pressurised air installed under the body in the central tunnel, a low pressure tank at the rear suspension cross member acting as an expansion bottle and an hydraulic unit consisting of a motor and a pump installed under the bonnet on the transmission. Overall efficiency can be achieved by the driver controlling the two energy sources and switching between the three modes available: in the Air (ZEV) mode (when the energy in the compressed air tank drives the vehicle), in petrol mode (when the 1.2 litre VTi petrol engine powers the vehicle) and in the combined mode (when the petrol engine and hydraulic motor operate simultaneously to move the vehicle in proportions adjusted according to the situation to achieve optimum fuel economy).
The adaptability of the HYbrid Air technology allows it to offer numerous advantages. By using tried and tested components, its durability makes it suited to a wide range of road conditions encountered across the world.