PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA will launch the world's first production diesel-electric hybrid car at the Paris auto show next month.
PSA is counting on diesel-electric hybrids and full-electric cars rather than gasoline-electric hybrids to help it expand its range of fuel-efficient, low-CO2 models in Europe. Toyota, Honda, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen offer gasoline-electric hybrids in Europe.
The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 crossover model combines performance – it offers 200 hp – with fuel efficiency – it uses 3.8 liters of diesel per 100km (62 U.S. mpg) and emits just 99 grams per kilometer of CO2.
The 3008 diesel-hybrid has a low CO2 level because it emits zero emissions when powered by its electric motor. PSA has not announced the car's full-electric range.
The crossover's 2.0-liter diesel engine provides 163 hp to drive the front wheels, while the remaining 37 hp come the electric motor used to power the 3008 HYbrid 4's rear wheels. By comparison, the smaller Audi A3, which does not have a hybrid system, emits 99g/km of CO2 but its 2.0-liter engine offers 140 hp of power.
Along with low emissions, the 3008 Hybrid 4 also offers four-wheel drive.
PSA has not revealed the starting price for the hybrid variant of the 3008, which goes on sale in Europe in spring 2011. The non-hybrid 3008 starts at 21,600 euros (about $26,500) in France.
PSA predicts that gasoline and diesel hybrids will account for 10 percent of the all European new-car sales by 2020 while full-electric cars will have a 4.5 percent share of the market.
“We think electric mobility is just for city driving and for suburban short trips, but for longer trips we think a diesel-hybrid is the most cost-effective solution,” PSA electric vehicles director Ayoul Grouvel told Automotive News Europe in an interview in June.
The 3008 Hybrid 4 has a stop-start system; a six-speed electronically controlled, automated manual transmission; nickel-metal hydride batteries from Sanyo Electric Co.; and an electric motor and high-voltage alternator from Robert Bosch GmbH.
The car will be made at PSA's French factories in Sochaux and Mulhouse.
While PSA is the first to offer a production-ready diesel-hybrid passenger car, Toyota Motor Corp. subsidiary Hino Motors Ltd. currently sells diesel-hybrid trucks. Hino started production of it diesel-hybrid powertrain in 1991, according to the company's Web site.