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PSA Peugeot and Bosch to develop battery free hybrid vehicle

PSA Peugeot and Bosch to develop battery free hybrid vehicle image

Text: / Photos: PSA Peugeot Citroen | posted January 28, 2013 12:17

Ready by 2016

PSA Peugeot Citroën and Bosch is currently developing a new form of hybrid vehicle that combines gasoline-fed internal combustion engine and compressed air storage called 'Hybrid Air' as a replacement for the usual battery pack.

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The Hybrid Air is an innovative combination of a gasoline engine, a unit to store energy in the form of compressed air, a hydraulic motor-pump assembly, and an automatic transmission working with an epicyclic gear train. It adapts to the user's driving style and adjusts the drivetrain accordingly to either air, gasoline, or combined.

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The 'Hybrid Air' can be seen on Peugeot's B-segment models starting in 2016, while a closely resembling technology called 'Hybrid4' can be expected for C and D segment vehicles.