One of the more-interesting stories we’ve got for you this month is one about Peugeot and its bid for sub-2L/100km fuel consumption (see page 5).
That’s nothing short of remarkable, and the way the engineers attempt it is by means of a threecylinder turbo petrol engine plus a compressed air motor. The two can either work together or separately, and the net result is remarkable economy. What’s more, it’s not far away – Peugeot reckons it’ll have a car on sale in two years’ time.
The good thing about this technology is that it doesn’t rely on electric motors, or batteries, and emissions are absolutely zero when running on air power alone (as you’d expect).
The air system also takes up less space than an electric hybrid system, and weighs a lot less.
The good news is that non-electric means less stress on our dwindling resources of rare earth metals to make electric motors, plus the huge waste involved in making the batteries.
The bad news is that these vehicles are going to need close attention when they come in for servicing or repair.
As if the engines themselves aren’t complicated enough, the air system is going to take some careful handling if you have to dismantle anything. We all know how powerful compressed air can be if it’s suddenly released, and I would expect there will be a number of safeguards built-in to the technology to ensure the safety of repairers.
On a totally different topic, I’d like to thank all those who have welcomed me aboard as editor of Motor Equipment News, as well as all those fine folk I’ve been able to meet on a one-on-one basis.
It really is great to work with good people, and makes it much easier to look forward to my working day – even when the sun is out, the sea is calm, and the fish are calling! calling !
All the best,