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Peugeot Citroen To Introduce Compressed Air Hybrid By 2016 204

Posted by Soulskill
from the free-refills-at-political-conventions dept.
cylonlover writes "With a few exceptions, such as Volvo's Air Motion Concept, major automotive manufacturers have generally shied away from compressed air technology. PSA Peugeot Citroen is bucking this trend with its 'Hybrid Air' powertrain that addresses the limited range of compressed air energy storage technology by combining it with a gasoline powered internal combustion engine. The company plans to have Hybrid Air powered vehicles on the road by 2016."
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Peugeot Citroen To Introduce Compressed Air Hybrid By 2016

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  • Re:LOL (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Gordonjcp (186804) on Friday January 25, 2013 @02:00PM (#42693813) Homepage

    You know those funny little Citroen (dear /. janitors, please fix your bloody character encodings) 2CVs? With the little two-cylinder engines?

    Yes, the little two-cylinder engine that produced around 60bhp/litre in its final form in the late 1970s. The little two-cylinder engine with alloy heads, pistons and crank-case (the prototypes were magnesium but that was too expensive) and drop-forged crank, borrowing heavily from fighter aircraft engines of the day. And then that engine, fitted into a body designed to protect the occupants in an accident - it was the first car designed so that the engine would break off its mountings and slide under the floor in a front impact, rather than back through the bulkhead and into the front seat occupant's legs.

    Back in the 70s they could do well over 60mpg at safe motorway speeds. The French *can* make cars, and they make them better than Americans.

    Here's a hint, America - no-one wants to buy your heavy, slow, ugly gutless V8s. They suck.

  • Re:great idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by icebike (68054) on Friday January 25, 2013 @02:27PM (#42694219)

    Yes, a hybrid of an internal combustion engine, and a hydraulic pump/motor unit recovers energy generated by the ICE and from braking and deceleration.

    PSA says for city driving, its Hybrid Air system provides fuel savings of 45 percent and increases a vehicle’s range by 90 percent compared to conventional engines with the same power rating. In standard body styles the company says the system achieves certified fuel consumption (combined cycle) figures of 2.9 l/100 km (81 mpg) and CO2 emissions of around 69 g/km.

    (The current voluntary target for CO2 in EC legislation limits average CO2 emissions from the European fleet of cars to 120 g CO2/km.
    Oddly, Peugeot chooses to mention this voluntary target rather than indicate the degree to which the obligatory standards would be met.)

    Mileage would be pretty impressive if they could actually achieve it in typical Euro city driving conditions. And it has the advantage of not requiring a heavy battery pack which can cost around 7 grand.

    Unstated is what percentage of the time the engine must run to accommodate the typical trip, and keep the air tank topped up.

  • Re:LOL (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 25, 2013 @02:42PM (#42694405)

    Everyone always ignores the fact that MPG ratings on European cars for the European market are rated in MPIG - Miles Per Imperial Gallon.

    1 imperial gallon = 1.2 US gallons

    In reality, the 60 MPG-rated eurocar only gets 50 mpg.

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