Peugeot recently developed a new type of hybrid car that runs on compressed air with gasoline as a back-up for longer journeys and high speeds.
This new technology could significantly change the future of Eco-friendly cars and transportation in general.
French automaker Peugeot Citroen’s “Hybrid Air” is ‘greener’ than the current hybrid ‘green’ vehicles.
Unlike current hybrids that rely on heavy and expensive batteries resulting in environmental issues, ‘Hybrid Air’ has a conventional gasoline engine linked to a hydraulic air motor and pump that allows it to run on air, petrol or both. Not to mention, the car will do a whopping 117 mpg per two liters.
The pump compresses air into a cylinder within the car similar to the way a balloon is inflated. The control system of the car utilizes the best combination of gasoline power and compressed air.
When the car is driving at low speeds, running below 43 mph, it will automatically switch to air power.
Peugeot needs zero batteries; it replenishes itself automatically by re-using energy that is ‘lost’ when braking.
Looking at the astonishing performance characteristics of the car, it is surprising that no one implemented this technology before.