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Gasoline air hybrid technology promises 100+ mpg

Smart Planet -- French automaker Peugeot Citroen is claiming a major breakthrough in fuel efficiency due to a new vehicle design that replaces car battery with compressed air. The air tanks refill automatically and power a special hydraulic motor that, like an electric hybrid, works in unison with a regular internal combustion engine.

Peugeot says that it can achieve a fuel economy of up to 117 mpg using this technology. Car enthusiast Web site Motor Authority notes that the compressed air technology only adds 220 pounds to the weight of a car, which is well below the added heft of an electric hybrid. The maximum city speed is around 45 mph; the gasoline engine will kick in for highway speeds. Compressed air hybrids could hit the road by 2016.

It coud conceivably be a road near you - no matter where


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:47:59 AM

oh yea.. I forget, that was a 2 cylinder, double soda can sized enginer. But it did a great job getting me around and never complained.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 5:56:49 AM

my Citroen 2CV got about 55 mpg back in the dark ages.
ScottE
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:27:16 PM

the 4th Law of Thermodynamics.. Wait till big oil execs send in their killer teams.They will sabotage THIS as they have in other new powerplants over the decades. GREED trumps benefits to MAN! Hopefully ALL their built up BADDDD kARMA will get them ALL (INCLUDING Speculators) back to their early graves as their all Nocturnal bloodsuckers.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 12:40:17 PM

Lets go
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 7:59:19 AM

ok
tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 4:09:39 AM

Gasoline air hybrid technology promises 100+ mpg? A liquid fuel, high mpg vehicle will out perform any other method of propulsion for a vehicle. This air Inbred is headed in the wrong direction and going nowhere. Don't believe the French, they will try to sell you anything.
There maybe just a bunch of inflated party ballons inside to power the vehicle air engine. Wasn't there a hydraulic vehicle promising the same high mpg thing?
I will drive my vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, Plug In, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept and certainly NOT a Fiat, Prius, Tesla, Leaf, Volt or an NYC/Hurricane Sandy Special 'exploding submarine' Fiskar Karma Inbred!
And NO French compressed air driven Peugeot either!
Vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good
‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:59:01 PM

Nice little coal burner.

It is an indirect EV. Uses electricity to run a compressor. Coal makes electricity.

Onboard fuel is very light. As light as air. Neat technology. Keep trying!
fenster66
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:57:20 PM

looks promising....
unemployed58
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:51:38 PM

very interesting !
mstearno
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:46:35 PM

ma promised a balanced budget....
which is more likely?
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:46:26 PM

Perhaps if it was made by Toyota I would consider buying one
carloco75
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:44:22 PM

Interesting "concept"...
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:40:26 PM

Would be interesting to see how this develops. Some say it is old technology but it it works and saves a battery use then why not.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:38:29 PM

Intersting for sure.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:38:26 PM

Old technology and will probably never be implemented.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:32:44 PM

If it sounds too good to be true...
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:31:07 PM

right
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:30:26 PM

Air tanks have proven safe. Used on truck brakes, etc.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:27:08 PM

They forgot to add one final line...

"Your mileage may vary."
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:24:24 PM

We'll see about that...
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:24:14 PM

show the people of missouri
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:23:56 PM

Believe it when I see it.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:23:29 PM

I'm skeptical till proven.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:22:48 PM

"The maximum city speed is around 45 mph"

This thing doesn't sound like its ready for "Prime-Time." If they claim 45MPH is tops in the city it will probably turn out to be lower in actual use.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:21:26 PM

I will believe this when it is available to the public for purchase. Gas Buddy always has stories about phenomenal gas mileage breakthroughs that never seem to be realized.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:18:44 PM

This is interesting. I read about the IC engine/compressed air hybrid concept some 25-30 years ago, and wondered why it had never come to fruition. The technology is old, whereas the new battery technology in hybrid electric vehicles raises concerns about battery life and the effect on the environment during manufacture and/or recycling.
I look forward to seeing whether this concept can deliver.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:17:26 PM

would rather buy a fiat
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:15:20 PM

After working on vehicles made by Peugeot for too many years, I find it hard to believe that they can make anything that will stay together or do what they say they can do. If you have any thoughts of buying their crap, you better check into it very thoroughly before you throw away your hard earned money. They have built junk for so long, it is hard to envision them changing their ways!
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:14:05 PM

We'll have to wait and see.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:13:46 PM

Hope it works ,,,,
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:13:40 PM

Now let's see it happen
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:12:36 PM

Nice lets see it in practical use though.
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Looks good on paper and on a computer, but, reality is what counts
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:09:38 PM

Looks promising. We'll see.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:07:33 PM

Promises, promises!
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:07:25 PM

Will have to wait and see about this.
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affordable is the key to success here!
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Make it affordable, please...
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 11:02:37 PM

interesting...
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:59:06 PM

Thanks for posting
gasmack
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:56:57 PM

Hmmm......we'll see.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:56:06 PM

sounds good well see
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:55:57 PM

Let's give them a chance & see what they come up with.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:55:45 PM

Let's see what it looks like and costs when it hits the market.
sent4456
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:51:23 PM

Look good on paper.

Let get a prove.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:49:17 PM

Who in blazes wants to be foolish enough to buy a 'death trap'?
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:41:42 PM

COOL!
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:36:46 PM

Just like all the others that don't work out
boborobot
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:13:41 PM

Sounds like a bunch of hot air
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:09:32 PM

interesting....ticians...even freer!!!???.air powered by poli
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 10:09:02 PM

good
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