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Peugeot-Citroen reveals plug-in hybrid and EV concepts

The Peugeot-Citroen group appears to have big plans for more efficient motoring having recently revealed its Hybrid Air technology and new e-HDI micro hybrid technology (see story).

But that is not all the French car group let out of the bag at its recent Innovation Day held at the company’s R&D centre in Vélizy, France.

Peugeot hydole

There was also a new plug-in hybrid called, rather oddly, the HYdole (maybe that sounds different in French). Designed to be almost fully electric, Peugeot-Citroen expects that 80 per cent of daily journeys would be completed on battery power alone.

Using a dual-mode approach to hybridisation, the model would achieve a much greater driving range than an average fully electric car; around 500km (310 miles) each time.

It is expected that the model would be rated with emissions of around 30g/km CO2.

Looking like a family-sized model, Peugeot-Citroen has filed no less than 10 patents for the new vehicle.

Tricycle

PROJETS HYDOLE ET VELV

Also on display is a new quadricycle electric vehicle called VéLV. Designed to compete with Renault-rival, the Twizy, the new VéLV is a three seat compact three wheeler, with a range of around 100km (62 miles) per charge.

Just 2.81 metres, the model weighs just 700kg and is classed as a tricycle. Unlike its rival, the new VéLV can travel on all roads designed for cars; including motorways.

Fitted with a 8.5 kWh battery pack and a 20kW DC motor, the model has a top speed of around 70mph. 

For this concept, Peugeot Citroen has filed 28 patents.

Neither models are yet confirmed for production.

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Faye Sunderland

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