These are exciting times for the green car world, as the Frankfurt Motor Show draws closer and a host of exciting concepts are lined up to make their debut at the event: and now you can add another to the list courtesy of Peugeot and Total.
The companies will use the showcase to introduce the Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE Concept: a vehicle that is based on a production version of the 208 but can accelerate from 0-62mph in just eight seconds and boasts CO2 emissions at a dramatically low 49g/km.
The aim of the Hybrid FE project is simple: to halve the emissions of the existing Peugeot 208, which features a three-cylinder, 1.0litre VTi 68hp engine; while also providing it with excellent acceleration that means it can rival a performance hatchback. As such, the hybrid powertrain links the latest three-cylinder engine with both a battery and electric motor lifted from Peugeot's Sport's Endurance Programme: boosting efficiency by 10 per cent.
To achieve its dramatic figures, the engine has undergone several changes: including optimising its engine operational cycle; reducing friction losses and introducing friction management. The Miller Cycle has also been accentuated with the ratio adjusted from 11:1 to 16:1.
In addition, the transmission has been a key area of focus. The base of the production manual gearbox is retained as it offers high efficiency, but, in an effort to reduce friction losses, the teeth of the gears are given a carbide chrome coating.
There has also been a keen focus on weight reduction. Whereas the production hatchback weighs 975kg, the Hybrid FE Concept reduces this by 20 per cent thanks to a host of composite components that replace the bodywork panels and the floor.
The Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE achieves its remarkable CO2 emissions when taking advantage of a benchmark Super 95 fuel that has been developed by Total. This alone would reduce CO2 emissions in the engine by one gram per kilometre.
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