First Production Diesel-Electric Hybrid: Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

2010 Paris Auto Show

  • Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 Picture

    Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 Picture

    Likely to be the world's first production diesel-electric hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 debuts at the Paris auto show. | August 24, 2010

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2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Peugeot's 3008 Hybrid4 will likely be the first diesel-electric hybrid to market in spring 2011.
  • The production car's official debut comes at the Paris auto show.
  • It combines a front-mounted 2.0-liter diesel-4 with a rear-mounted electric motor and battery pack.

PARIS — When Peugeot brings the 3008 Hybrid4 to market in Europe next spring, it will be the world's first production diesel-electric hybrid. The 3008 Hybrid4 will be displayed this fall at the 2010 Paris Auto Show about a year and a half after the car made its debut in concept form at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is a crossover model based on the 308 hatchback and fitted with twin powertrains. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel rated at 163 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque in front, and an electric motor rated at 37 hp and 148 lb-ft in the rear. Combined output is 200 hp, and combined torque is 369 lb-ft. The diesel engine is connected to a six-speed automated manual gearbox.

Peugeot said the combination delivers fuel economy of up to 62 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km on the European test cycle. Drivers can select from one of four modes: Auto, ZEV (all-electric), 4WD and Sport. A nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack is located in the rear.

The 3008 Hybrid4 goes into production in France in spring 2011. says: Surprisingly few global automakers appear to be considering diesel-electric hybrids for production. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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