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.
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.
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.
Faye has been writing about cars and environmental issues since 2007. A suspected eco-warrior working on the corporate inside, Faye mainly likes the weird, quirky vehicles that show a distinct environmental advantage. Her ideal car has enough room to fit a bale of hay in the boot. When not working, she likes nothing better than to head out on her bicycle and explore the countryside.
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