The low-carbon vehicles of the future

Low emission cars: plug-in hybrids

Plug-in full hybrids ̶ so-called because they can be charged from a regular socket ̶ have a range of between 20 and 60 km and are more versatile and affordable than a conventional electric car. Research projects in which the Group is involved include the HYDOLE concept, from the French acronym for mainly electric hybrid. HYDOLE combines HYbrid4 technology with a Li-Ion battery developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën and a more powerful electric motor. Delivering exceptional performance from an environmental standpoint, with all-electric operation in the city, it is silent and emission-free, while delivering greater range over longer journeys. This is the low-carbon vehicle of the future.

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.

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One Citroën DS5 out of every four sold in Europe is equipped with HYbrid4 technology, as is one Peugeot 508 out of 5, and one Peugeot 3008 out of 6.