PSA Groupe has revealed its Peugeot hybrid scooter that doesn’t need a special licence to drive and provides emissions-free driving on a small footprint.
Designed as part of a new European initiative called the “Efficient Urban Light Vehicle” (EU-LIVE) project, the consortium consists of 12 partners creating solutions for urban mobility. PSA is the only automotive manufacturer in the association and teamed up with Bremo, Samsung and Elaphe to provide components for its electric hybrid scooter.
The quadricycle's architecture platform is similar to a tricycle and it sits between two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles, using hydraulic components and suspension to tilt-steer without requiring a motorbike licence.
It is powered by two electric motors and one single-cylinder petrol engine that produces 31kW over a total combined range of 300km. Travelling up to speeds of 70km/h the two electric motors power the scooter exclusively for emissions-free driving, while the petrol motor engages at speeds over 70km/h up to a top speed of 130km/h.
Electric energy is stored in a Samsung SDI-developed 48-volt battery system and uses regenerative braking to recharge on the go, while the two electric motors were developed by Brembo and Elaphe.
Measuring just 2400mm long and 850mm wide, the quadricycle opens up opportunities for inner-city and urban commuting and solutions for parking challenges. A single-seat cabin with rotating doors allows access in tight areas as well as safety and comfort inside such as heating and cooling, seatbelts and airbags.
The project was funded by the European Commission and could pave the way for future urban solutions.
“Groupe PSA has committed to protecting individual freedom of movement. EU-LIVE is an illustrative example of it. This new electrified light vehicle allows an individual, safe and sustainable mobility thanks to its zero-emission mode. We are proud to take part in this European project with all our partners” said Carla Gohin, senior vice president of research and advanced engineering.
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