Peugeot just announced plans to introduce a new hybrid car that does away with lithium-ion batteries entirely and instead uses compressed air to provide zero-emissions driving. The new compressed air car that will be powered by a hybrid system that combines a gas motor with compressed air storage.
Although the system was unveiled in a new hybrid car, Peugeot says that the system will be fitted to its current models starting in 2016. The system uses a gas 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. How does it work? A hydraulic motor-pump forces the compressed air against fluid, which then activates the hybrid’s wheels. In city driving, drivers will be able to drive up to 50 miles without using any gasoline.
The compressed air hybrid car also features a smart control system that adapts the operating mode to the driver’s commands and optimizes energy efficiency in three different modes: ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle), gas internal combustion and combined.
In 2016 the system will be implemented in Peugeot’s current models like the Citroën C3 and Peugeot 208.