Peugeot developing revolutionary air-petrol hybrid cars; to be on roads by 2016

Friday 25 January 2013, 11:47 AM by

Peugeot, the French multinational auto major, has introduced a new cutting-edge technology of air-powered hybrid vehicles, which could cut 45 per cent expenses on conventional fuels for an average motorist.

As per company claims, the air-powered cars could run on air for four-fifths of the driving time, besides enabling an overall cost cut by as much as 80 per cent. Further, Peugeot has affirmed that its latest technology driven vehicles might see commercial operations by the end of 2016.

The air-powered cars system consists of a normal internal combustion engine, an adapted gearbox transmission, special hydraulics and compressed air cylinders that store energy and release it when required. The sophisticated mechanism enables the vehicle to run on

air or petrol, or even a combination of the two.

Interestingly, Peugeot engineers believe that the air power is ideal for city traffic and will be activated automatically once the vehicle goes below the speed of 70 kmph. Further, the unique air compression system can also re-use the lost energy, while braking and slowing down.

Evidently, the path breaking 'Hybrid Air' engine system is one-of-a-kind technology that uses both petrol with compressed air as primary fuels. The future of the revolutionary new system looks bright as it does not need the expensive batteries, which can usually be found in other high-end hybrid cars.

Commenting on the latest development, a Peugeot spokesperson was quoted as saying, “We are not talking about weird and wacky machines. These are going to be in everyday cars.”

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