Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air demonstrator officially unveiled image

Peugeot has taken the wraps of the 208 HYbrid Air 2L technology demonstrator, a concept that is scheduled to make its official public debut in October, during the Paris Motor Show.

The subcompact model could gain in the near future a version that can literally run on.. air. It’s the proprietary Peugeot technology that makes all this futuristic idea possible, as the French automaker is continuously looking at ways to decrease fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. We all remember they were the first to offer a diesel-electric hybrid, so the hybrid that can also run on air is not really an Earth shattering surprise coming from them.

The 208 HYbrid Air 2L technology demonstrator to be presented at the Paris Motor Show tentatively showcases all the latest advances Peugeot made in reducing fuel consumption – as the rather revolutionary hybrid air assembly has been assisted by numerous other enhancements. As such, the hybrid air concept is based on a the1.2-litre PureTech 82 BVM5 version of the 205, but through extensive optimizations and use of carbon fiber and aluminum the weight has gone down to just 860 kg (a gain of 100 kg).

The hybrid drive train uses petrol and compressed air stored in a tank under the boot. If you laugh and say that an engine can’t function only on air, it’s true – the Peugeot engineers use a low-pressure tank near the rear axle as an expansion chamber and a hydraulic system that uses a motor and pump to provide power.