Recently, at the Paris Motor Show, Peugeot revealed it’s new Hymotion3 Compressor Concept, which is an interesting little “city-mobile”. I call it that because it’s not really a car and it’s not really a scooter, it sort of bridges the gap between the two. But it’s not just a limp freak of a golf-cart, it has a max speed of 70mph and gets an insane 118mpg.
A lot of companies are building ultra small cars in the US now to capitalize on customers who live in the city and only travel small distances, but want more than a scooter (Honda Fit, Smart ForTwo). What Americans don’t realize is that those small city cars constitute a majority of car sales in Europe. And the Hymotion3 can fill a very visible niche that still exists between scooters and small cars. Check out the pictures:
The Hymotion3 has three wheels – two in the front and one in the back. It’s front wheels are each equipped with an electric motor, while the back wheel is powered by a diesel engine, making it three-wheel drive; nice. And since it’s a hybrid, it can be driven in the city in electric mode (powered by Lithium-ion batteries), and use the diesel on the highway.
Official Press Release:
The missing link
Occupying a half-way house between the world of the scooter and the car, the HYmotion3 compressor is a highly original proposal designed to facilitate urban mobility. Attractive thanks to its dynamic, streamlined and futuristic style; it is an interesting concept combining numerous benefits (size, safety and comfort) with “HYmotion” hybrid/petrol technology. This new generation technology creates a three wheel drive vehicle, benefiting safety and driveability and combining economy with an environmentally-friendly specification (CO2 emissions of only 47 g/km in the combined cycle, zero in electric only mode).
The HYmotion3 compressor concept is a means of transport with no affiliation to a particular type of vehicle. With its three wheels and its streamlined body, it is something of a missing link between two worlds which to date are quite distinct: that of the scooter and that of the car. With an electric motor in each of its two front wheels, coupled at the rear with a petrol engine, it brings into play very innovative hybrid technologies allowing each of its wheels to provide motive power.
In a world of intensifying urban traffic where everyone is trying to save time, where oil prices are skyrocketing and the environment is more than ever a priority, design departments are vying in ingenuity to develop solutions for the future.
Giving full rein to their creativity and expertise, two separate Peugeot teams converged on a similar idea and finally worked in tandem to develop a particularly original project: the HYmotion3 compressor.
This “concept car”, or rather “concept scooter”, is based on the extensive experience of Peugeot Motorcycles, specialists in the scooter field, as well as the creativity and innovative capabilities of stylists and engineers working for Automobiles Peugeot.
To create this concept, Peugeot was able to draw on its extensive experience in the world of transportation enabling each individual, according to their age or their needs, to choose from among the Marque’s cycles, motorcycles and cars.
This vehicle offers an ideal mix of the benefits of a scooter and particular characteristics of a car.
Its design is based on three wheels for maximum stability, safety and driveability. Its width of 82 cm enables it to thread a path through urban traffic with all the efficiency of a two-wheeler. The front windscreen extends to the rear of the vehicle to form a highly effective shield against bad weather for the rider and passenger.
In addition, regulations in France allow the vehicle to be driven with a B licence only, giving it a wide range of potential customers.
Finally, this vehicle incorporates HYmotion technology, also featured on other concept-cars in the Peugeot exhibition space at the Paris Motor Show. This new generation hybrid technology incorporates the supercharged petrol engine already featured in the Peugeot Satelis scooter. With a power of 15 kW (20 bhp) driving the rear wheel, it is combined with two electric motors, each with an output of 3 kW, located in the front wheels.
This configuration develops a maximum power of 21 kW (29 bhp) for a particularly low fuel consumption of 2.0 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 47 g/km in the combined cycle, or 0 in electric only mode. The design of the HYmotion3 compressor, with its three wheel drive, provides positive
benefits for both safety and drivability.
Thanks to its extreme hybridisation, the HYmotion3 compressor concept creates a new benchmark in terms of safety (improved traction and braking), practicality and environmental-friendliness, offering original versatility at one with its environment.