World's First Plug-in Diesel Hybrid Set for 2012 Production
The acclaimed 2010 Geneva Motor Show saw the announcement of a new plug-in version of the 3008 HYbrid4 from Peugeot S.A. Using the through the road hybrid system developed under the name HYbrid4, the rear wheels of this vehicle are driven by electric motor, while the front axle receives torque from a diesel engine. The front and rear wheels are mechanically separate, and in conjunction with the higher-capacity battery in this plug-in model, the car is expected to get a stunning 117.6 MPG, with well under 100 grams of CO2 emitted per mile. This is the first plug-in diesel hybrid going into production so keep a sharp eye out for it. The mid-sized car is scheduled for initial consumer availability at the beginning of 2012.
Other cool hybrids at the Geneva Motor Show:
Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid - race car experience with electric drive system that adds electric motor for each rear wheel in addition to an internal combustion engine to extend the capability and driving range of the vehicle
Porsche 918 Spyder - 500-HP V-8 engine and one electric motor for each axle; can reach 200mph
Ferrari Hybrid 4WD Sports Car - hybrid 4WD system improves drivability in conditions of poor grip