Peugeot has announced that the world’s first diesel/electric hybrid car, based on its 3008 model, will go on sale in the next European spring.
The car has a 163-horsepower 2.0-litre diesel engine and a 37-horsepower electric motor. Claimed fuel consumption is 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
The car has four modes of operation:
- Auto – the system automatically operates the diesel or electric motor as required;
- ZEV- only the electric motor is used (providing the batteries are sufficiently charged);
- 4WD – both motors are used – the diesel motor drives the front wheels and the electric motor drives the rear wheels;
- Sport – for higher speeds and quick gear changes.
Pricing has not been announced but is tipped to be more than €35,000 ($50,000).