Navigant sees hydraulic hybrid technology at inflexion point; technology ready, requires OEM production commitment
16 October 2013
Annual sales of hydraulic hybrid vehicles will grow to 6,496 vehicles by 2025 under a conservative scenario and 64,130 under an aggressive scenario, according to a new forecast by Navigant Research.
Hydraulic hybrids recapture and store kinetic energy form a moving vehicle hydraulic pump/motors and accumulator tanks rather than electric motors and batteries.
The technology offers high power density, making it particularly suitable for heavy vehicle applications. However, recently PSA Peugeot Citroën, in collaboration with Bosch, has developed a passenger vehicle equipped with hydraulic hybrid technology. (Earlier post.)
Hydraulic hybrid technology is reaching a potential inflexion point in 2013. The upfit and retrofit demonstrations have proved that it works for certain applications, and now the wait begins for the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to take the plunge and put it into volume production. There are high hopes that a joint project between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Bosch will bear fruit and prompt other volume manufacturers to follow. However, if no company takes this critical step, then the technology will remain on the shelf indefinitely, labeled as little more than an interesting experiment.—“Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles”
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