Hybrid Air, hybrid technology for everyone
Only real technology breakthroughs can reduce fuel consumption over the long term to very low levels of around 2 litres/100 km, at an affordable price. This is the aim of Hybrid Air, an original solution combining petrol and compressed air. Hybrid Air combines proven technologies in an innovative way: an internal combustion engine, a compressed air energy storage unit, a hydraulic pump/motor unit and an automatic transmission with an epicyclic gear train. An intelligent electronic management system manages input from the driver to optimise energy efficiency. Three operating modes are available: air (zero emissions), fuel and combined. This highly affordable system will complement HYbrid4 technology, which is dedicated to vehicles on the C and D segments. Hybrid Air is a breakthrough technology that will be made available on B-segment vehicles from 2016. It is a key stage in the process to develop a vehicle consuming 2 l/100 km.