Compressed Air / Gasoline Hybrid Vehicle From PSA Peugeot Citroën Expected To Get Over 100 MPG.

PSA Peugeot Citroen Air Hybrid VehiclePSA Peugeot Citroën is working on a hybrid that doesn’t require batteries. It’s a MacGyverish Hybrid Air concept vehicle that combines an internal combustion engine with a special epicyclic transmission and hydraulic motor powered by compressed air. From Motor Authority:

“Like a conventional hybrid vehicle, the new Hybrid Air concept uses the gasoline engine for cruising on the highway, the hydraulic motor around town (it’s capable of speeds up to 43 mph), and a combination of the two power sources during high load situations such as hard acceleration or climbing a hill. To refill the tanks, the hydraulic motor works in reverse, using regenerative forces to suck in air and compress it for later use.”

PSA Peugeot Citroën Air Hybrid cars should be on the road by 2016. [SmartPlanet]