Peugeot Electric Car
Peugeot is one of Europe's most well-known and respected automakers. The company has recently been undergoing several tests and prototypes of various electric vehicle designs and platforms.
The concept for the EX1 racing roadster was revealed in September of 2010. It's extreme design and focus on electric speed racing was an instant headline grabber.
The car featured all wheel drive through two motors, one at front and the other at the rear, for a total of 250kW and 240Nm of torque.
Soon, a working prototype was debuted, which sacrificed much of the bodywork design of the prototype to gain better aerodynamics, but retained much of the original concept's unique shape and abilities. It then entered the race circuit as a lap car and demonstrator, pulling the record for the fastest lap in an electric vehicle.
The iOn was a Mitsubishi MiEV rebranded to Peugeot for European sales. Delays in the MiEV's release lead to cancellation of the rollout plans with only limited vehicles to enter the market. The introduction of the Nissan Leaf as a clear contender also soured the deal.
The HYbrid4 Powertrain
In the mean time, Peugeot was working on its HYbrid4 powertrain concept as a diesel-electric hybrid. It began debuting concepts with the system and is now taking orders and delivering various hybrids with the system installed.
Those include the 3008 HYbrid4 Limited Edition, an entry-level luxury crossover featuring 200hp in total output from its engine and motor. It begins shipping later this year.
The luxury 508 e-HDi HYbrid4 with Stop-Start also will debut this year in both Europe and Asia.
Finally, Peugeot has been experimenting with fuel cell technology - joining the ranks of most of the world's automakers in doing so. Their latest test prototype, the 307cc FiSyPAC, has been undergoing testing for 18 months.
As you can see, Peugeot has been busy in their EV and related developments.
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