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First Diesel Electric Hybrid
Major manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Honda and Lexus to name a few seem firmly in the belief that hybrid vehicles are here to stay. It is becoming easier to agree with the prediction Mercedes-Benz were heard to have given, that by 2050 only around 5% of vehicles on the roads will be single fuel petrol or diesel.
If you are not sure what a hybrid vehicle is, it’s where a vehicle has a regenerative electric battery system that usually provides the vehicle with power at low speeds, often for short bursts, best suited to cross-town school runs or similar. When the vehicle reaches certain speeds or the battery power runs out the vehicle switches to its traditional fuel source.
Hybrids have been around for a number of years now and a handful of manufacturers have already tested the public’s acceptance of these vehicles with the likes of the Lexus RX, Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius.
A question that keeps coming up is, if diesel delivers more miles per gallon and lower CO2 why are all hybrid vehicles petrol based? The reason is likely something to do with advanced engineering compatibility issues, but the question is one that Peugeot have addressed. The first diesel-electric hybrid is available to order now in the shape of the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4. Peugeot are beginning their HYbrid’s introduction with a Special Edition grade where 35 will be available in the UK, with deliveries scheduled for October 2011.
The 3008 will have a 2.0 litre HDi FAP 120 kW/163 bhp and an electric motor providing 27kW (37bhp), which returns 74mpg and 99g/km. The Special Edition has Co2 emissions of 115grams so you may as well wait for the non Special Edition grades which will be delivered only one month behind, November 2011, and will start from £26,600.
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