PSA/Peugeot-Citroen unveils the VELV Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 1, 2011

At a forum organized by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), PSA Peugeot Citroën is presenting a light electric vehicle known by its French acronym VELV, which is an innovative concept utilized for urban driving. The concept vehicle was developed with a group of French companies and a research laboratory who have teamed up to meet the mobility demands of the future.

The VELV seats three people and is a fuel-efficient electric three-wheeler. The vehicle's driving range is 100 km with its power rating of 20kW for 650kg.

It can accelerate up to 110 km/h. In tight spaces, the VELV is easy to handle with a turning radius of only 7.20 meters. Additionally, it shows the area that can be covered in real time based on the driving range. With this, it also identifies charging stations that can be reached with the remaining charge.

The objective of the project is to significantly lessen the amount of on-board energy by providing a fun ride whose light weight, immediately available maximum torque, and electric motor make for an extremely enjoyable driving experience. The VELV uses only 85 Wh per kilometre, making its environmental footprint equivalent to that of a train trip.

Moreover, the VELV also complies with passive safety regulations for passenger cars. The concept is targeting traditional rental companies, corporate fleets and self-service schemes such as Autolib's buyers of pre-owned vehicles and other numerous customers who want a better option for getting around town.

Furthermore, the VELV answers the new challenges of the future in terms of transportation by helping in the development of lightweight electric powertrains and providing momentum for the entire French EV industry with ADEME's support.

From 2013 on, there will be brand new solutions for both Peugeot and Citroen cars available to meet a growing demand, including:

EMP2: The new global platform of PSA Peugeot Citroën is called the Efficient Modular Platform 2. It provides effective modularity, carbon reduction, and equipment solutions.

Selective Catalytic Reduction: SCR is an innovative technology that cuts away diesel NOx emissions. PSA Peugeot Citroën will come out with selective catalytic reduction to lower NOx emissions and maintain its leading position diesel engine efficiency. Because it is a better technology than the Diesel Particulate Filter with additive, this one of a kind technology eliminates NOx and lowers fuel consumption by up to 4% from Euro 5 levels.

Participants were also treated to the latest innovations that would make the car of the future possible. These technologies include:

Eco Hybrid: a widely available hybrid solution. This will help lower CO2 emissions by 15 grams as well as reduce fuel consumption by as much as 15%.

VelV: the lightweight electric vehicle. It has been determined that a majority of trips within cities are made in individual cars. This has a negative impact on CO2 emissions. VelV is designed to meet city driving needs with the lowest power consumption at just 85 Wh/km driven.

Hydole: a hybrid demonstrator. The company and its partners have come up with a plug-in hybrid demonstrator that is mainly electric. That means that EV drivers will be able to enjoy the best driving range, affordability and comfort.

Dedicated Exhaust Gas Recirculation System: a cutting-edge technology to increase fuel efficiency in petrol engines. This is designed to deliver significant savings.

Press Release


VéLV, a lightweight urban electric vehicle

As a key proponent of sustainable mobility, PSA Peugeot Citroën has worked with the French environment and energy management agency, ADEME, to develop a versatile electric vehicle adapted to city driving. The fun and compact three-wheeler has a range of 100 km and is authorised in all car lanes, including on the motorway! VéLV is a response to future challenges in transport.

The reason behind this innovation?

60% of urban journeys are made in individual vehicles with the resulting impact in terms of CO2 emissions
VéLV, a response to travel needs in and around cities
What is it exactly?

A compact, lightweight electric vehicle: 2.81 m long, 3 seats, weighing under 700 kg
A versatile mobility concept complying with regulations on Tricycles*
Power: 20 kW (DC)/30 kW for a top speed of 110 kph
Useful energy stored: 8.5 kWh for a range of 100 km (electric consumption of only 85 Wh per km)
Materials suitable for small-scale production solutions: an integral one-piece body made of fiberglass and polyester resin, ABS PMMA self-coloured thermoformed body panels, with a front end and door frames made of aluminium profiles
Complying with regulatory crash standards for passenger cars
What are the benefits for users?

A comfortable, safe and economical vehicle for everyday travel all year round with high autonomy
A versatile vehicle: authorized for use on roads reserved for cars (main roads, ring roads) and motorways
A fun car that is enjoyable to drive
An ecological footprint
Patents & Partners

29 patents filed by PSA Peugeot Citroën
Consortium of partners : Leroy-Somer, Michelin, GKN, Valeo, Léoni and Saft
Bordeaux research laboratory: IMS/LAPS
“The process by which automobiles evolve is advancing very quickly in what is a profoundly changing environment. In 2012, PSA Peugeot Citroën was the European leader in fuel-efficient cars, with the market’s lowest CO2 emissions. We are stepping up our innovation here at PSA Peugeot Citroën to meet the major challenges of tomorrow’s mobility. Today, we will be showing you pioneering solutions for vehicles that respond to new customer expectations in an ever-more environmentally friendly way.”

With this message, Guillaume Faury, Executive Vice President of Research & Development at PSA Peugeot Citroën, welcomed 100 business and political decision makers, partners and journalists to the Group’s Automotive Design Network (ADN) R&D centre in Vélizy, France for its Innovation Day.

During the event, guests had the opportunity to discover several game-changing technologies developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën to meet the challenges facing the car of the future, including urbanisation, climate change, consumers’ shifting mobility choices and new ways of using vehicles.

In particular, the Group organised a world-premiere presentation of a revolutionary technology called Hybrid Air, a petrol and compressed air full-hybrid solution. During a press conference, Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Group’s Managing Board, Guillaume Faury, Executive Vice President of Research & Development, Philippe Bouyoux, France’s Deputy General Commissioner for Investment Projects and François Loos, Chairman of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), unveiled a new type of full-hybrid powertrain known as Hybrid Air. This breakthrough technology, which combines a petrol engine and compressed air for energy storage, represents a key step towards the 2l/100km car by 2020.

Other brand new solutions available as from 2013 on Peugeot and Citroën brand vehicles to meet emerging expectations were also presented, including:

EMP2: PSA Peugeot Citroën’s new global modular platform Participants were treated to a preview of the Group’s new global platform, Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2). This new generation platform provides effective solutions in terms of modularity, equipment and carbon reduction.

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR): an innovative technology for eliminating diesel NOx emissions In 2013, PSA Peugeot Citroën will introduce selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to maintain its leadership in diesel engine efficiency and lower NOx emissions to the level of petrol engines. Because it is positioned upstream from the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) with additive, this unique technology makes it possible to both eliminate NOx and reduce fuel consumption (by 2 to 4% from Euro 5 levels).

Lastly, innovations that set the stage for the car of the future were also on display, including:

Eco Hybrid: a broadly accessible hybrid solution The use of this technology on petrol and diesel vehicles in the B, C and D segments will reduce CO2 emissions by 15g and cut fuel consumption by up to 15%.

Dedicated Exhaust Gas Recirculation System (EGR): an innovative solution to optimise petrol engine fuel consumption This innovation is designed to improve petrol engine efficiency and deliver significant fuel savings.

Hydole: a mainly electric hybrid demonstrator The Group and its partners have developed a plug-in hybrid demonstrator that puts peace of mind into the EV driving experience to test the potential uses of the car of the future and meet customer expectations for driving range, comfort and affordability.

VelV: the light city electric vehicle 60% of trips within cities are made in individual cars, with a resulting impact on CO2 emissions. VelV is a light electric vehicle project designed to meet city and suburban driving needs with a record power consumption level of just 85 Wh/km travelled.

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