Hybrid Air Car by PSA Peugeot Aims to Be the First Vehicle with Zero Emission

Tuesday, January 29th 2013. | Transportation

While most automobile makers have been showing impressive enthusiasm to build electric cars, very few to none are interested to compressed air-powered technology. Even though the previous is much better than gasoline-powered automobiles, in terms of the emission, the latter promises a completely clean vehicle with literally zero emission. Among these few is PSA Peugeot. The company wishes that by 2016, its Hybrid air Car will be commercially available.

PSA Peugeot Citroen Hybrid Air

The main challenge of building Hybrid air Car is the fact that compressed air can’t produce enough energy as opposed to gasoline or electric battery. To resolve this, the company decides to not rely on the compressed air chamber only. Instead, it pairs it with an internal combustion engine (ICE) which acquires its power from gasoline. The video below walks you briefly over how PSA’s future air car will work.

There will be three driving modes drivers can opt for to suit their needs: gasoline power, combined power, and air power. The first option is optimized for long range cruising which require a good deal of energy down the road. The combined power mode will activate both the ICE and compressed air chamber, giving enough energy for the vehicle to accelerate without exhausting the precious gasoline. This mode is also recommended when the compressed air chamber starts getting low in power. Meanwhile the last option is intended for daily commuters.

PSA Peugeot Citroen Hybrid Air technology

PSA Peugeot Citroen

Mind you, if drivers only run on the air mode all the time, the CO2 emissions produced are expected to be much lower than 69g/km, leaving all those e-car in a shame. This technology is sure a true breakthrough on automobile industry. Here’s hoping that PSA won’t run into a considerable difficulty in making this into real.

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