Yes, You Can Buy a Diesel-Hybrid—In Europe
Sometimes you hear people who are interested in achieving fuel efficiency ask why hybrids don’t use a diesel as the combustion portion rather than some variant of an Atkinson cycle engine. Well, actually there is one OEM that has done just that, Peugeot. The company has recently launched (mid-June) the third variant of Hybrid4 technology, the 508 sedan with what Peugeot calls its “Full Hybrid Diesel.”
This setup combines a 163-hp, 2.0-liter diesel engine with a 37-hp electric motor. It offers four-wheel drive and a full-electric mode.
What’s exceedingly impressive is that on the EU combined driving mode it gets 78.5 mpg on the combined cycle, and this is no small car. It is 189-in. long, has an 111-in. wheelbase, is 57-in. high, and 73-in. wide.
According to Peugeot, it is targeted, in part, at “BtoB customers or in countries where there are high fiscal incentives related to CO2 emissions.” As for the latter, it generates 95 g/km CO2. And as for why it would be a consideration for fleet sales is that it starts at about $48,000.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
The 2016 model is all-new. As in platform and everything else. And the platform—which will have global use—was developed in North America.