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Peugeot to make driving on air a reality

Date: 15/09/2014 09:56:14
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: Laura Varley

Peugeot will soon reveal its new hybrid, which will have the ability to run partially, and in some cases completely, off of air.

The 208 Hybrid 2L Demonstrator will have a fuel economy of more than 140mpg thanks to its Hybrid Air Technology. To save so much fuel, energy is stored in a compressed air tank which is located underneath the boot of the car. It switches between fuel and air to become as efficient as possible, reports rac.co.uk.

In certain situations, the car can run completely off of air - for example when driving in an urban environment. When this achieved, no fuel at all is used and zero CO2 emissions are released into the atmosphere. Alternatively, another driving mode allows the car to use as much air as possible. The compressed air tank can be recharged in ten seconds by either slowing the car down or using the energy produced by the three-cylinder petrol engine, reports nextgreencar.com.

Compared to the production 208, the hybrid is 100kg lighter, weighing in at just 860kg. Peugeot was able to achieve a lighter weight by using a combination of steel, aluminium and composites. Moreover, a number of the car's existing parts have been redesigned to become lighter.

The new tech will be on show at the Paris Motor Show, which takes places between October 4 and October 19.

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