Peugeot will showcase a 2008 concept powered by the brand’s Hybrid Air powertrain at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The system, which uses compressed air, was first previewed in a Citroen C3 at Geneva last year, but Peugeot has hinted the next-gen 2008 could be the first production model fitted with the revolutionary powertrain.
If the next-generation Peugeot 2008 is the first model to be fitted with the new hybrid tech, we can expect to see it launched in 2016 featuring revised styling to help separate it from the rest of the range. Peugeot has also previously announced plans to apply the powertrain to other B and C segment vehicles in the future.
The system works in a similar way to today’s production hybrids but instead of expensive batteries, compressed air is used to help boost a new three-cylinder PureTech petrol engine. The combination of compressed air and petrol engine in a B-segment car is said to deliver in excess of 94mpg, with CO2 emissions claimed at only 69g/km of CO2.
Like conventional hybrid cars, how the car is power is determined by driving conditions. Driving at steady speeds on the motorway, only the petrol engine will be used, while in stop/start traffic, the car will utilise the Air mode. Hard acceleration will call up the combined mode, where the two power sources work simultaneously.
As this type of hybrid system does without the costly metal-based batteries and electronic control systems conventional hybrid cars use, pricing should be considerably cheaper than today’s petrol-electric hybrids.