This is the Peugeot 208 FE Hybrid, which is designed to showcase efficient hybrid technology and will star alongside the Peugeot 308 R at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
The carbon-bodied 208 Hybrid FE uses the three-cylinder petrol engine from the standard 1.0-litre VTi 208, but thanks to a raft of new upgrades emits just 49g/km of CO2. Better still, it can cover the 0-62mph sprint in just eight seconds and can be driven in pure electric ‘ZEV’ mode for up to 12 miles at a time.
Developed alongside fuel company Total, the 208 FE uses the same electric motor and batteries as the defunct 908 Le Mans racing car but dialed down to produce 40bhp and 30Nm of torque. The aerodynamic styling and narrow 19-inch wheels cut the amount of drag by exactly 25 per cent and it’s also 200kgs lighter than the standard 208, too. Perhaps the most unique innovation though is the suspension – with a fiberglass ‘blade’ acting as springs, dampers and anti-roll bar combined.
However Peugeot has also had to make sacrifices to extract those impressive headline figures, and the 208 Hybrid FE has to do without air-conditioning, power steering or assisted braking, and the fuel tank has been halved to leave a 20-litre capacity. Appearing on the show stand in September alongside the 308 R this concept is part of a three-pronged push to increase hybrid technology across the range.
Peugeot has already sold nearly 30,000 of its HYbrid4 diesel-electric models and is also pushing to get the 2008 HYbrid Air – which uses compressed air instead of engine power at low speeds – into a form that could be seen in some of its mainstream production models.
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