The High-Performance, Energy-Efficient Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE
If you're looking for a car that can travel 100 kilometers on less than 2 liters of gasoline and still have a sporty edge, look no further than Total and its partner Peugeot to meet the challenge. The Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE (Fuel Economy) features the best of motor racing innovations and technologies combined with one-of-a-kind proven technological solutions. The result is maximum energy efficiency and a record reduction in carbon emissions. And none of it would have been possible without the pooled expertise, energy and imagination that come with project teamwork.
The original goal was to build a car that would emit just 49 grams of carbon per kilometer and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in eight seconds flat.
No stone left unturned.
To achieve their goal, Total and partner Peugeot relied on a number of innovations and on applying existing technologies in new ways. Here are Hutchinson’s all plastic and elastomer door seals, a world first.
Total and partner Peugeot’s teams applied their most sophisticated know-how to the 208 HYbrid FE project.
A lighter vehicle.
Thanks to innovative materials, the Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE is 200 kilograms lighter than a standard Peugeot 208.
The Peugeot 208 was redesigned (drag coefficient lowered to 0.23) to maximize its aerodynamics: a small radiator at the front, a flat aerodynamic underbody, streamlined wheel wells, 15 centimeters longer.
All kinds of innovations.
A motor racing hybrid powertrain combined with a completely overhauled engine and transmission.
Less power loss.
Engine and gearbox oils, lubricants and grease developed especially for the Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE sharply reduce mechanical friction.
Analyzing the tiniest detail of properties.
The Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE's 19-inch tires are designed to have lower rolling resistance. A purpose-developed ultra-low friction grease allowed the wheel bearings and hubs to be redesigned.
Composite suspension systems, simpler and 20 kilograms lighter.
Hutchinson, a Total affiliate, came up with this innovation that simplifies front and rear suspensions and lightens the vehicle.
Working in synergy.
Total and Peugeot teams worked together closely to develop the Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE. By marrying their talents, the partners won the race against the clock, creating the car in just 18 months.
A Partnership Dedicated to Performance and Innovation
At the beginning of 2013, the Peugeot 208 had the lowest CO2 emissions (99 grams per kilometer). However, Total and Peugeot wanted more and upped the ante by setting a goal to cut its emissions in half. On the performance side, the car needed to be sporty and be able to reach 100 kilometers an hour in eight seconds flat, like the Peugeot 208 GTI.
Different Technologies Combine to Create New Synergies
To make it work, specialists passionate about cars pooled their know-how and applied it to the task. The result was a high-performance fusion of cutting-edge solutions:
- Innovative materials shaved 441 pounds off the car's weight. For example, a new resin lightened the fenders and hood by half and a composite leaf spring knocked 44 pounds off the car's total weight.
- The powertrain, an offshoot of the Peugeot Sport 908 project, was redesigned and adapted as a hybrid, running on both gasoline and electric power.
- Work focusing specifically on lubricants and greases reduced the mechanical friction that causes power losses. A new viscosity grade, 0W12, was purpose developed.
- The aerodynamics and tire mount were optimized (the vehicle was redesigned to minimize air and rolling resistance). The drag coefficient (Cx) was lowered to 0.23 and air penetration (SCx) to under 0.5 kilogram meters (kg m).
Designing the Energy Efficiency of Tomorrow
Total and Peugeot won their gamble by combining their expertise. They left their targets in the dust: the Peugeot 208 HYbrid FE uses just 1.9 liters per 100 kilometers and emits just 46 grams of CO2 per kilometer — a world record for a non-rechargeable hybrid.
Besides the "technology demonstrator" effect, this project will positively impact the energy efficiency of production vehicles. By 2020, 80%-85% of new Peugeot cars will include the solutions tested on the 208 HYbrid FE. The first of those technologies — the engine and the lubricant and grease solutions — were incorporated into the Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air, presented at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.