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Peugeot Unveils World’s First Diesel Hybrid, Outlines Joint Venture with BMW

Partners will invest 100 million Euros and be in production by 2014.

by on Mar.02, 2011

Peugeot unveils the world's first diesel-electric, the 3008 Hybrid4, at the Geneva Motor Show.

There was electricity in the air at the Peugeot stand as the French maker used the Geneva Motor Show to introduce a variety of new hybrids and plug-ins – and outline its new battery car joint venture with Germany’s BMW.

Peugeot finally took the wraps off the look-awaited 3008 Hybrid4, the first diesel-electric vehicle in the world. This model will be available in a limited edition of 300 units, which will be ready to hit the market in the fall.

The 3008 Hybrid4 is equipped with a 163 horsepower 2.0-liter HDi diesel engine driving the front wheels. The electric motor adds another 37 hp, but creates a sort of through-the-road all-wheel-drive system by powering the rear wheels.

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This concept offers not only AWD, but also a maximum of 200 hp and the possibility to reach an average fuel consumption of 3.8 l/100 km – by European terms — or 62 mpg.

In 2012, Peugeot will also bring a Hybrid4 version of the larger 508 on the market. Meanwhile, the conventional versions of both the 508 and 308 will be getting the new stop/start technology which shuts the engine down, temporarily, instead of idling.

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French Automakers Betting Big On Battery Power

Government backing is a key motivator.

by on Oct.13, 2010

Renault's DeZir concept was one of an array of French-made battery cars at the Paris Motor Show.

In the days leading up to this month’s Paris Motor Show, French papers raised the suggestion that the event organizers consider changing its name; perhaps offered one, the Paris Electric Vehicle Show might be more appropriate.

While the idea was politely rejected, there’s no question what is formally known as the 2011 Mondial de l’Automobile is perhaps the most electrified auto show to date.  Visitors to the event, which continues through the 17th, would have a hard time finding a stand that didn’t put some emphasis on battery power – from pure EV makers like Tesla to slick sports car makers, such as Lotus, which promises to offer its Formula One-derived hybrid system in an assortment of new models.  Even Jaguar weighed in with the 205 mph C-X75 extended-range electric supercar.

But few makers put more emphasis on battery technology than the home team, the French manufacturers Renault and PSA Citroen, who seem to be suggesting that virtually everything they build will rely on electric propulsion – or at least offer a battery-powered option – in the very near future.

This move may underscore how government mandates can be even more critical in steering industry than actual consumer demand.

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The Renault stand featured models like the Fluence, and striking DeZir Concept, as well as the quirky little Twizy.  Peugeot rolled out the Ion, BB1, HR1 Concept and a number of offerings of its own, while its sibling brand, Citroen, had a number of battery models and battery-drive options for products like the upcoming DS5.

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