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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.


BMW, PSA Peugeot Citroen Form Battery Car Joint venture

Makers plant to partner on hybrids and electric car technologies.

by on Feb.02, 2011

BMW will produce the Megacity urban battery-electric vehicle at its plant in Leipzig, Germany.

The electrification of the auto industry is clearly making for some strange bedfellows.  We’ve seen Toyota team up with the California start-up, Tesla Motors – which has also been working with Daimler on battery car technology for its Mercedes and Smart brands.  Ford is partnering with Magna and Azure Dynamics.  Chrysler will take lead in developing battery technology for its partner Fiat.  Nissan and European partner Renault have major plans for battery vehicles – and have also partnered with Daimler.

Now comes official confirmation that BMW will be allying itself with the French PSA Peugeot Citroen in a partnership that will help both manufacturers ramp up their hybrid efforts.  The new agreement expands upon a more limited battery car program they had tentatively initiated last autumn.

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The 50-50 joint venture, dubbed BMW Peugeot Citroen Electrification, will focus on developing and producing everything involved in electrification, from battery packs to motors, chargers all the way to the sophisticated software needed to make the systems run smoothly and efficiently.

The partners want to come up with an array of hybrid systems that will be able to plug-and-play with a wide variety of different BMW, Citroen and Peugeot vehicles.  While they are focusing on hybrid systems, it is believed likely they will also cooperate on more advanced battery-based propulsion systems, including plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.