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.
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