Peugeot is ready to launch hybrid “compressed air” but blames politicians prevent feasible


is not the first time that I hear a brand responsible for a policy of incentives criticize European governments. This year I had occasion to speak with Jeff Guyton, CEO Mazda, who agreed with me how unfair it is to quantify the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid from the NEDC . Now is Maxime Picat CEO Peugeot, criticizing the policies being carried out in Europe (Autocar.co.uk). Peugeot has a really interesting technology that is ready for commercialization, and a priori is viable. But if the rulers only provide incentives for plug-in hybrids and electric, Picat believes are directly killing technology . Is an unjustified complaint or sense review of Peugeot?


If the rulers only offer very substantial electric hybrids to plug and incentives, Peugeot believes are killing their technology.

The biggest problem with Peugeot to launch a hybrid compressed air Hybrid Air technology is to have enough volume to justify its release and make it viable. Prior to “mourn” against the rulers, and as recognized in this interview Picat own, must seek allies who sign the car tire hybrid systems.

And what the Hybrid Air technology? Without going into too much detail, this mechanism would be based on a combination of combustion engine and an energy recovery system that dispenses with expensive and heavy batteries lithium, to replace them bulky, but economic tanks of compressed nitrogen. The braking energy would accumulate in these tanks, and the French savings estimate in urban environments could reach 45%. The Hybrid Air could be marketed with price of diesel, and be as savers or more than these, and cleaner than other heat engines – whether diesel or gasoline. – Similar power

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Thanks to these technologies, and many other solutions, PSA Peugeot-Citroen have created prototypes homologated 2 liters / 100 km (see Hybrid Air 2L Peugeot 208 and Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow), figures which until now could only be seen in plug-in hybrids. Plug-in hybrids are an interesting alternative between conventional hybrid and pure electric vehicle, but its technology and product expensive batteries, and require recharging infrastructure in cities, and we install a charging point in our garage.

Peugeot insists that the rulers do not take into account all factors nor objective parameters, such as the fact that these engines can achieve a degree of efficiency, and especially emission reduction, very high , when offering incentives comparable to those present for plug and electric hybrids. Electrical, incidentally, are not necessarily exempt from greenhouse gas emissions, since this depends on the emissions that were generated in the production of electricity they use.

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At this point, and use force unless Peugeot alliance with other manufacturers, the Hybrid Air technology seems doomed to failure . For reasons also seem in part to leading to Peugeot to stop the sale and development of its hybrid diesel.

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