First Production Diesel-Electric Hybrid: Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4
2010 Paris Auto Show
2010 Paris Auto ShowJust 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.
Edmunds.com says: Surprisingly few global automakers appear to be considering diesel-electric hybrids for production. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent