It’s called the Hybrid Air and it’s a prototype from the French auto maker PSA Peugeot Citroen. PSA is the second-largest car maker in Europe (after Volkswagen) and PSA claims that Hybrid Air is better, cheaper and simpler than hybrid electric systems from manufacturers like the hybrid leader Toyota Prius…
PSA claims that in city driving, depending on traffic, you can save 45 per cent of fuel while running with the gasoline engine off 60 to 80 per cent of the time. I have no way of knowing if this is true or not, but the main advantage of Hybrid Air over Hybrid Electric appears to be cost.
PSA says it can undercut existing hybrids significantly on price because the Hybrid Air does not require an expensive battery and electric motor. It is hoped that Hybrid Air could be viable even in emerging markets like China and India where gasoline-electric hybrids are expensive and complex to repair.
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