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.