It is French. It is a hybrid. It is a concept. It is a really hot looking concept hybrid. What is it? The 313-hp, very low carbon emissions in combined fuel consumption mode Peugeot SR1 [PDF]. Don’t know if you’ll actually ever see it driving the streets of Paris (or NYC for that matter), but the French auto manufacturer plans to showcase the concept later this March in Geneva.
The Peugeot SR1, according to All Cars Electric, is a three person seater, with the third passenger being “positioned in the center of the vehicle behind the driver and front passenger.” Technical specifications from Peugeot reveal a lot about some of the ideas being considered for future hybrid models. Key to the SR1, for example, is use of something the company calls the Hybrid 4 system: “in the SR1, at the front, a 1.6 litre THP petrol engine with a power of 160 kW (218 bhp), is combined with a rear electric motor developing 70 kW (95 bhp). In electric only mode, the car becomes a ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle), while its combined cycle fuel consumption is only 4.9 litres/100 km or 119 g/km of CO2.”
Peugeot further feels the SR1 concept’s efficiency is enhanced by “the use of a rigid, lightweight structure comprising of a one-piece body and a tubular chassis onto which are mounted the mechanical components and suspension.” Technology on the inside is considered top notch as well, including two glass crystal gauges in front of the driver which display fuel consumption and vehicle range in real time information.