At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot unveiled their 208 Hybrid FE Concept, a vehicle that previews the hybrid version of the 208. For the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Peugeot returns with a new version, the 208 Hybrid Air Concept, a vehicle that promises to answer French government’s challenge to automakers to build fuel-efficient cars with a fuel consumption of 2 l/100 km or 141 mpg.
As you may know already, Renault is also preparing to unveil a new concept car for the 2014 Paris Motor Show that targets the same fuel consumption.
The standard vehicle’s 1.2-liter PureTech 82 engine, bolted to a five-speed manual transmission, has been replaced by a hybrid drivetrain which uses a mixture of petrol and compressed air.
As a result, the vehicle carries a compressed air tank mounted below the boot and a hydraulic system consisting of a motor and a pump in the engine bay. The hydraulic system features a bespoke epicyclic transmission in order to offer the proper balance between the two different energy sources.
According to Peugeot, this system replaces the manual transmission in order to enable automatic shifting. The concept also arrives with alternative materials such as composites and aluminum, which means a weight drop of 860 kg.