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Peugeot and Total to showcase 208 HYbrid FE at Geneva; 49 g/km CO2

18 February 2013

Peugeot and Total will showcase the 208 HYbrid FE (Fun and Efficient) concept vehicle at the Geneva motor show. The hybrid, optimized for fuel efficiency accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 8 seconds, and has very low CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.

The concept—based on the Peugeot 208—features Peugeot and Total’s latest innovations in aerodynamics, weight-saving and drivetrains.

The project is based on the very efficient 208 1.0-liter VTi 68 bhp, which will be extensively evolved. The style and the aerodynamics will be the first visible elements. Redesigned, the 208 HYbrid FE will be more aerodynamic with a much lower co-efficient of drag (Cd) than that of the production model, while retaining its occupant space. Special tires and wheels will contribute to reduce rolling resistance.

The weight reduction will be a major contributor to the performance; the teams expect to achieve a 200 kg (441 lb) reduction in the weight of the vehicle. Hutchinson and CCP Composites, subsidiaries of the Total Group, will contribute their expertise in composite materials and polycarbonates. These will be used for the body panels, the windows and also in the passenger compartment.

The 208 HYbrid FE will also innovate with its hybrid drivetrain inspired by competition. It is a power unit which combines a 3-cylinder gasoline engine and its EGC (Electronic Gearbox Control) gearbox with an electric motor and a battery taken directly from the endurance programs. The engine will be adapted for this new application: special thermo-management and combustion cycle, reduction of friction, reduced weight of the reciprocating gears and of the cylinder head.

Total provides Peugeot and its networks worldwide with FE (Fuel Economy) lubricants designed to reduce vehicle consumption by reducing friction in the engine. Over the last ten years, Total lubricants have contributed to a 5% reduction in the emissions of CO2 on Peugeot vehicles.

The various stages of this project will be unveiled and can be followed from 5th March 2013 on www.mission49-8.com

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If this much lighter, better designed car is produced it could be a game changer to copy. Coupled with the latest Air/Hybrid technologies, it could become a real world leader for fuel economy?

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