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Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE
Eco-friendly vehicles are in huge demand nowadays. Rising concerns about the environment make governments of many countries introduce strict regulations into car-making industry. Taking into account this fact, Peugeot, in collaboration with Total, has designed super-efficient and clean hybrid hatchback – a modified version of the 208 model. Did the concept work? The Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE review is sure to respond to this question.
208 Vs. 208 Hybrid FE
The 5-seater hybrid version of the 208 model is differentiated by a variety of insignia.
First of all, it boasts an improved by 25% aerodynamics characteristics. This became possible due to the revision of the chassis and the materials used. The integrated grille allows for more airflow, large 19-inch wheels put up little resistance thanks to aerodynamic flaps, the rear wheelbase is reduced by 20 cm at each side, whereas exterior mirrors have been replaced by cameras.
The top of the chassis is flat-lying; the rear part has got rolled edges and a spoiler. The bottom part features air deflector that controls the airflow at the totally plain platform.
Second of all, as distinct from the 208 version, the hybrid vehicle is 20% lighter. The chassis is mainly made of metal but for the door panels, hood and sides which are all about glass fiber and composite resin. The door windows are made of polycarbonate. As a result, the chassis’ weight was reduced to 272 kg. Moreover, the manufacturers decided to substitute standard suspension by a pseudo-McPherson item that is supposed to be more lightweight.
The word ‘hybrid’ in the model’s name implies that the vehicle employs dual powertrain facilities. Indeed, the 208 Hybrid FE comes equipped with gasoline and electric engines which work cooperatively. The base 1.2-liter gas rig with fuel injection technology is able to produce 68 horsepower, consuming less energy. High power-efficiency is the result of the implementation of a single-clock aluminum cylinder head and titanium concords.
The electric-charge engine is located underneath the backseats beside the fuel tank. It weighs 25 kg and produces 40 horsepower. Electric power is enough for a 19 km long drive. This powertrain has been taken from the Le Mans racing modification of the 208 model in order to boost overall road performance. Therefore, the model accelerates up to 100 km/h for 8 seconds, consuming 1.6 liters/100 km and emitting only 49 g/km CO2.
The pair is mated with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox is made of a unitary block, so that the electric motor could be connected to the ring gear. The gear teeth are covered by a dedicated material for loss enhancement. Upon the whole, the hybrid configuration is considered to be a perfect choice for urban mixed road conditions.
To continue with Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE review, when the car is decelerating, the loss of speed becomes possible thanks to the electric power. Hydraulic brakes are turned on only at the end of the braking phase just to maximize the recuperation of the available energy. The recuperation might achieve 25% per cycle. After that, this energy recurs, facilitating gas engine to accelerate properly.
Steering is self-inclusive & intuitive. The air that comes out of the tail is non-turbulent. This way the manufacturer achieved drag reduction by 25% (drag coefficient – 0.25).
Interior layout is differentiated by an unusual rear-view mirror. It displays information from two exterior cameras. The dashboard accommodates a large laptop as well as a set of switches. The central console comes with an integrated display that shows info about the distribution of power supply between the gas and motor engines.
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