PSA, Bosch Preview Compressed Air Hybrid

French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen has unveiled its concept for a hybrid vehicle partially powered by compressed air and hopes to launch the technology by 2016.

The technology could find its way into vehicles made by General Motors as part of its alliance agreement with PSA, a spokesman said. The “Hybrid Air” system was developed with Robert Bosch, and according to the French automaker, it’ll be lighter than a traditional hybrid equipped with a gasoline engine and a battery.

The hybrid setup will find its way in both Peugeot and Citroen subcompact models and will reduce the cost of cutting emissions compared with current hybrid setups. The setup essentially uses compressed air to draw energy from the engine and the vehicle’s brakes.

According to PSA, the vehicles can run emission free in the city with the compressed air powering the vehicle as much as 80 percent of the time.

“This hydraulic-mechanical powertrain system results in a hybrid powertrain that is more cost-effective, robust, and service-friendly. In addition, it does not require any special infrastructure, and can be deployed anywhere in the world,” said Bosch.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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