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Peugeot splits the difference between two and four wheels with tilting PHEV scooter

Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:01 pm

Peugeot splits the difference between two and four wheels with tilting PHEV scooter
New Atlas
Nick Lavars · 06-Dec-2017
Electrified three-wheeled scooters that tilt into turns occupy one of the more interesting spaces when it comes to futuristic vehicle design. Sitting somewhere between a motorbike and a traditional motorcar, they could form part of a sustainable future for cities by offering a little privacy along with a relatively small footprint. Peugeot has hit on these key points with a new hybrid scooter built to weave its way through urban centers and hum along at freeway speeds when the time is right.

Groupe PSA's Peugeot PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) scooter was developed as part of the "Efficient Urban LIght Vehicle" (EU-LIVE) European consortium, an urban mobility project involving 12 partners from six countries. The consortium aims to standardize a European approach for the design, development and building of electric L-category vehicles, which consists of motorbikes, mopeds and all-terrain vehicles with three or four wheels.

The scooter is powered by two electric in-wheel motors along with an internal combustion engine, which combine with a 48 V Samsung battery to offer a total range of 300 km (186 mi). The electric motors handle city driving at speeds of up to 70 km/h (43.5 mph), but on the wide open road the 31-kW single-cylinder gasoline engine takes over to nudge the scooter up to 130 km/h (80 mph).

With a footprint of 2.4 x 0.85 m (7.8 x 2.7 ft), the scooter is based on the architecture of a tricycle and Groupe PSA says it should hydraulic tilting system should make it as easy to drive as a regular ol' three-wheeler. The cabin is heated inside and features seatbelts and an airbag, and the doors that rotate in line with the body should make parking in tight spaces a little more comfortable.

"Groupe PSA has committed to protecting individual freedom of movement. EU-LIVE is an illustrative example of it," says Carla Gohin, Senior Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering. "This new electrified light vehicle allows an individual, safe and sustainable mobility thanks to its zero-emission mode."

Why aren't we getting the progressiveness of some of these types of models in North America. There has been a handful of low cost electric vehicles that have come out in Asia and Europe that would sell well over here. These super compact ev's are perfect for students or seniors who are not making big commutes. Think of the areas where students living on large campuses would benefit or older people who only drive to the doctors and grocery shopping - C'mon let's get some more progressive initiation happening

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Re: Peugeot splits the difference between two and four wheels with tilting PHEV scooter

Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:04 pm

Just to add salt to the wound lol As I continue looking through my news app what jumps out at me ANOTHER ONE!!

Fast Company
Adele Peters · Dec 7, 2017
Most electric cars look essentially the same as gas-powered cars have for decades, with a battery swapped in place of an internal combustion engine. But a Swedish electric car startup argues that in the context of modern city life, the entire idea of a car needs more of a reinvention.

Uniti, which launched a prototype of its tiny electric car today, started by rethinking size: If most people living in cities commute to work alone, over short distances, it doesn’t make sense to make an oversized, overpowered vehicle.

Lewis Horne [Photo: Uniti]
“The shift to electric cars is a positive one,” Lewis Horne, Uniti CEO and founder, tells Fast Company. “But it’s clear that we still make them in the same way that traditional combustion engine vehicles are made. With large heavy bodies, in which the battery is not really moving the passengers around, but is moving itself and the vehicle’s heavy frame with it.”

Though the new car comes in models with four and five seats, it also offers a model with only two seats, which will retail at prices starting around $17,000. (Smart Car also makes a small electric model, though it’s slightly more expensive) The frame, made from carbon fiber, is much lighter than a traditional metal frame. The battery is small, at 22 kilowatt-hours versus 100 kWh in some Tesla models, but can last around 186 miles, much farther than a typical round-trip commute. An additional battery, which can be plugged into a regular outlet at home or a cafe, can be added to the car on rarer occasions when it’s needed.

[Image: Uniti]
“So many new technologies, both for the vehicle and in terms of production methods, have become mature in recent years, so there was a clear opportunity to rethink the vehicle from the ground up in the context of this new technology,” Horne says.

Shrinking the battery helps reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing an electric car. Using carbon fiber makes the car easier to manufacture, and streamlining that process also improves sustainability. While carbon fiber itself isn’t particularly sustainable, it can be recycled, and the company says bio-based carbon fiber mays be an option in the future. Inside the car, the company already uses bio-based composite materials. Uniti estimates that the car will emit 75% less carbon across its lifecycle compared to other electric cars.

Swedish customers (and soon, those in other countries) will also be able to charge Uniti cars for free at home, for five years, through a partnership that uses solar electricity, so the cars will have an even smaller carbon footprint. E.On, a European energy company, will buy solar energy to offset home charging, and the average cost of charging will be rebated from electric bills.

[Photo: Uniti]
In the longer term, the company wants to shift how people use cars. The Uniti car, which already includes features like an augmented reality dashboard and smartphone-like controls that you swipe instead of pushing buttons, is built with the ability for autonomous capabilities that could be turned on in the future as the technology develops.

“This is something we can address with relatively simpler applications of autonomous technology, such as semi-autonomous ‘car on demand,’ which would mean that people don’t need to own the vehicle,” says Horne. “This is our long-term ambition.” It could eventually come pick you up in the morning at home and drop you off in front of your office, so you never think about parking. When you’re not using the car, it could be used by someone else, rather than sitting unused for most of the day.

Self-driving, shared vehicles could help reduce the number of cars in cities, something that a growing number of cities are trying to achieve. But if cities aren’t completely car-free–or don’t reach that goal for a long time–replacing conventional cars with this type of car could solve many problems.

“Our car is not the most sustainable means of transportation in a city,” Horne says. “Riding a bicycle or walking is. Probably 90% of our team rides a bike, walks, or takes another form of transportation. I walk or ride my Airwheel every day to work. But this doesn’t work for everyone. Our car isn’t designed to be the world’s most sustainable form of city transportation, it’s designed to solve a few problems; emissions, congestion, the cost and hassle of driving and owning a car, among others. In the long-term, I think there will always be a place for cars, as there will always be a demand. So, we just need to work out where we can solve the inefficiencies.”

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Re: Peugeot splits the difference between two and four wheels with tilting PHEV scooter

Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:49 am

Come on Canada let's get some of these models and different types of super small commute within the city core or even our own Communities going so that more people can use the electric vehicle versus always having the gas vehicle if we had some of these smaller scootaround sort of errand Runners we could perhaps get a following like the states does with their golf cart communities

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