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]

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Might As Well Start Driving NOW As If Gas Costs $5+ Per Gallon

Metered driving.The NY Times Green blog posted an article, What Next for Gas Prices?, in which fuel prices were tracked and shown to have risen $.13 in one week and $.30 over one month. From Feb 1 – Mar 1 2012 in Seattle, gas prices have risen by almost $.50 and is now selling for over $4.00 per gallon. The price of gas has become a huge political issue that could determine the results of the 2012 US Presidential election.

What’s Jubbling’s take? We think you should ignore the politics and drive as if gas already costs $5/gallon. Heck, make it $10/gallon. It’s a very simple mindset change but one that most people wouldn’t consider. Do you really need to make that quick trip to the grocery store to buy beer when you already have a fifth of vodka? Improvise and find ways to avoid the impulse drives because in your mind, it cost you $100+ to fill your tank. It’s a mental cushion that is similar to setting your watch ahead by 15 minutes so you always feel late.

Carpooling, grouping your needed trips into one or driving a hybrid are all great. But finding ways to drive less is the key because the imagined $5+ per gallon of gas in your tank is not a sunk cost. It’s a meter that is running and dropping the value of the gasoline in your tank every time you drive your car.

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Why Did GM Build The Chevy Volt? Because They Were “Gagging” On The Deification Of Toyota For Building The Prius

Robert Lutz, Former Chairman of GM and the Chevy VoltI love it when executives take off the gloves and speak their mind – in this case, it’s Robert Lutz, the former Vice Chairman of General Motors. Mr. Lutz spearheaded GM’s development of the Chevy Volt and for the article in the SF Chronicle, The Chevy Volt’s unlikely father, he didn’t mince words when it came to describing what finally motivated GM to pursue their hybrid Volt: “Basically, it was born out of frustration at the deification of Toyota, because of the Prius.”

According to Mr. Lutz, the Prius has elevated its status to the point that consumers might mistakenly assume Toyota was only in it for benevolent purposes and cared less for profits than their positive impact on the environment. “I was gagging on this stuff, because it was all so patently untrue”, said Mr. Lutz.

It’s great to hear that competition can be a driving factor even though it seems to run counter to our ideas about sustainability and conservation. Maybe a competition to consume less is next. [SF Chronicle]

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Marketing The Chevy Volt For The Savings Not For The Greenings

[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuYRpmCDzdw[/youtube]Great article on Good about Chevy Volt’s marketing message. Rather than surrounding their product with an overly green message, Chevy is pitching the Volt as a money saver for car owners who are just like the rest of us. Volt owners even use the drive-thru. Contrast it with the Prius commercial below.[youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq4nrmnqY9o[/youtube]

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Are Hybrid Tanks In Our Near Future?

Hybrid Tank - Rear ViewThe website Greenbiz.com has an interesting article, BAE Systems’ Bid to Design a Greener, Next-Gen ‘Tank’, about BAE Systems’ efforts to build military vehicles of the future and they’re looking to go hybrid. Not because the military is getting soft but for the efficiency advantages a hybrid fuel/battery powered vehicle brings to the battlefield. From the article:

“I think it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 percent of the casualties that were incurred in Iraq were from convoys that were delivering fuel and supplies. It’s one of the more vulnerable points on a battlefield, so anything you can do to reduce the exposure of soldiers in that environment helps save lives.” – Mark Signorelli, BAE VP and GM of Weapon Systems

According to the Mr. Signorelli, switching to a hybrid system would reduce the amount of fuel needed by 20-25% over a standard drive system without sacrificing range.

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