Feb 21 2013, 2:00pm CST | by Shane McGlaun
Not everything that will be on display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show will be incredibly fast and incredibly expensive. There will be some arguably less exciting and more mundane vehicles on display at the show as well. One of these vehicles comes from Peugeot is called the 2008 Hybrid Air. The vehicle is unique because it gets power from a combination of a gasoline engine and compressed air.
Peugeot says that the technology is a key step in its attempt to create a vehicle that can achieve 140 MPG while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The Hybrid Air vehicle is an urban crossover and will be shown for the first time in Geneva. The vehicle will use compressed air to assist or take the place of the gasoline engine during phases that consume the most energy such as accelerating and starting from stopped.
The technology uses certain components that are new to the automobile industry yet widely tested and used in other industries such as aeronautics. The system has an energy tank that contains pressurized air installed under the central tunnel of the vehicle and a low-pressure tank at the rear to act as an expansion model. The vehicle will have an air mode where it's completely driven by compressed air, petrol mode, and combined mode where both the gasoline engine and the compressed air system operate.
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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