PSA Peugeot Citroen Plans to Roll Out Compressed Air Hybrid in 2016

January 26, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

PSA Peugeot Citroen is going to drive out with a “Hybrid Air” power train and combine it with an internal combustion engine (ICE) that would use gasoline for power. They hope to commercialize these vehicles within 3 years.

There have been various compressed air-powered vehicles, coming either in the form of two or four-wheeled shapes, but major automotive manufacturers haven’t come forth with any unique offerings. Volvo’s Air Motion Concept vehicle was a major idea, but after that, I guess Peugeot is the one to come out with a new one.

PSA’s Hybrid Air technology makes use of compressed air to store energy instead of the usual batteries. The energy generated by the ICE is recovered by a hydraulic pump/motor unit and through braking and deceleration, stores it in a compressed air energy storage unit.

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An electronic management system adjusts the different modes independently, depending on the driver’s needs. If the vehicle is on a highway, the system will lean in on the ICE, switching to air power only when the vehicle touches speeds of 70 km/h (43 mph).

If more power is required at low speeds or if the compressed air energy needs a little extra, then the system will run in combined mode. The Hybrid Air system  will offer 45 percent of fuel savings and is touted to increase the range of a vehicle by 90 percent, which is pretty high when compared to the conventional engines with the same power rating.

PSA hasn’t disclosed the pricing details, but they were quick to point out that the vehicle would be quite affordable. Since expensive battery packs that are usually seen in conventional hybrid vehicles won’t be seen riding in these newbies, the price would probably go down.

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