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Although this appears to be an everyday Peugeot 207 with a direct-injected, turobo charged 1.6-liter engine, it is anything but. What you can't see (if you were able to read the verbiage on the stripe along the doors you would know something is different) that this is the Hybrid4all vehicle developed by Valeo (valeo.com). The concept is to essentially take a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle and through the deployment of some additional technology, provide a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency and to cut the per-gram cost of CO, by 50%. And this tech is economical within the bounds of the price point of B-and C-segment vehicles according to the supplier.

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Among the elements is a 48-volt electrical system, a compact motor-generator that provides up to 12-kW of power and fits within the space of a conventional alternator, and a regenerative braking system. Not only does the architecture improve the environmental performance, but Valeo points out that by using the electric motor in concert with the internal combustion engine, there are also benefits like improved torque at drive-off, so even though there may be a loss of acceleration capability from the engine, the motor provides the additional kick.
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Title Annotation:NOTABLE
Publication:Automotive Design & Production
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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