Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Peugeot Citroen unveil new hybrid car - that runs on air

Well we have been listening of hybrid cars - a combination of fuel power and battery power. But here is something different: A Hybrid Air car by Peugeot Citroen.

The 'air engine' could cut 45 per cent off the petrol bill for the average driver

Cool, isn't it? Scroll down for video

French car giant PSA Peugeot  Citroen believes it can put an air-powered vehicle on the road by 2016.

Its scientists say it will knock 45 per cent off fuel bills for an average motorist. And when driving in towns and cities costs could be slashed by as much as 80 per cent because the car will be running on air for four-fifths of the time.

The system works by using a normal internal combustion engine, special hydraulics and an adapted gearbox along with compressed air cylinders that store and release energy. This enables it to run on petrol or air, or a combination of the two.

Air power would be used solely for city use, automatically activated below 43 mph and available for ‘60 to 80 per cent of the time in city driving’. By 2020, the cars could be achieving an average of 117 miles a gallon, the company predicts.

Watch the video below to explore the technology behind the new Hybrid Air

Read more about it at: Mail Online


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