Hybrid Pug's eco tour de force
HYBRID 208 IN THE WORKS: Peugeot's 208 HYbrid FE will weigh 200kg less than the standard model and will be shown at 2013 Geneva auto show.
PARIS, France - Peugeot and Total have collaborated to produce a low emission green-friendly city car based on the French automaker’s 208 1.0-litre VTi headed for the 2013 Geneva International Auto Show.
Following many tweaks to the model’s aerodynamics not to mentions a lot of weight-reduction and changes to the drivetrain, the result is the new 208 HYbrid FE with a claimed CO2 emissions rating of just 49g/km.
TRIMMING THE FAT
The model will be will feature many design changes and ride on special rolling resistance tyres. The team expects to reduce as much as 200kg in vehicle weight to achieve its low emission goal.
Hutchinson and CCP Composites, subsidiaries of the Total Group, will contribute their expertise in composite materials and polycarbonates. These will be used for body panels, windows and throughout the interior.
The model borrows its powerplant from the group’s endurance programmes and will be powered by a three-cylinder petrol and electric motor mated to an electronic gearbox control.
The hybrid model is capable of reaching 0 – 100km/h in 8 seconds.
PEUGEOT'S LOW EMISSIONS TECH
Peugeot is investing in a range of technologies for future models. The automaker will be down-sizing engines, using particle emission filters, standard stop/start technology, and utilising diesel-electric hybrids.
According to Peugeot, the automaker has the lowest CO2 emissions in Europe, with its average rating decreased by 7g/km to 121.6g/km in 2012.
The various stages of this project will be unveiled and can be followed from March 5 2013 here!