PSA Peugeot Citroën has demonstrated the Peugeot 307 Hybride HDi – a vehicle that emits 74g of CO2 per kilometre due to the use of hybrid technology and B30 fuel (30% biodiesel/diesel) – at this month’s Challenge Bibendum held in Shanghai from November 14-17.
Challenge Bibendum, created by Michelin in 1998, is an event that promotes sustainable road mobility. The event is a concerted effort by leading players in the automotive world to provide political and economic decision makers, as well as opinion leaders, with insights and in-depth understanding on the latest advanced vehicle technology to help achieve more fuel-efficient mobility.
Hybride HDi technology in the 307 combines a 1.6-litre HDi engine with a diesel particulate filter system (DPFS) and an electric motor, inverter, high-voltage battery pack and dedicated control electronics. The car is also equipped with an electronically managed manual gearbox and a Stop & Start system. Together, these technologies deliver all the advantages of a diesel engine in both city and highway driving, as well as the benefits of an electric powertrain, particularly in urban areas and stop and start traffic.
Peugeot says that the virtue of biodiesel is that it is produced from atmospheric carbon dioxide via photosynthesis in plants. As a result, burning renewable biofuels does not release any CO2 originating from fossil fuels. The company says this demonstrates that by combining several workable, real-world technologies, it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions to very low levels for a mid-sized passenger car.
Peugeot believes that progress in reducing automotive greenhouse gas emissions will be led by a combination of closely related technologies that leverage highly energy-efficient internal combustion engines, supported by hybrid systems and biofuels.
The Citroën C-Métisse, a prestigious Hybride HDi concept car with electric motors on the rear wheels, is also on show at the Challenge Bibendum.