CCTV9英语新闻:Car running on hybrid air technology

A car that runs on air sounds like science fiction but it could soon be a reality, or at least a partial reality. French car maker PSA Peugeot-Citroen has developed a new technology that combines a petrol engine with compressed air storage to create the first ever Hybrid Air car.

It’s been three years in development and Peugeot-Citroen are finally ready to show their "Hybrid Air" vehicle to the world.

With promises that it will cut fuel bills nearly in half getting more than a 188 kilometers or 118 miles for a single gallon of petrol--more than double the estimated gas mileage of hybrids like Toyota’s Prius.2.

Its Hybrid Air technology could shake up the entire auto industry.

"We cannot say today that the future will only be based on one technology. The offer will be wide and the offer will be wide because the usage of the customer and the expectations will be different. So for me, I am not going to say it will be a revolutionary technology the only thing I am saying is that it was not expected, it can be a ’game changer’ and it can fit with the future requests of our customers."said Karim Mokaddem, director of hybrid air project.

There was only one thing to do, try it out for myself.

One of the first things you notice when you’re driving the Hybrid Air is just how quiet it is when it’s running on air mode. It’s also really easy to figure out what’s going on. That blue scuba tank ah, now that change in noise is because I have just switched to using the engine. I’d run out of air and now I’m using the engine. And it happens completely seamlessly. And that blue scuba tank shows me how much air I have left and when I east off the accelerator it starts replenishing the air supply and then I accelerate and we’re back onto using air.

The technology has spawned around 80 patents so far3-new technologies all packed into cars that Peugeot plans to have rolling off production lines as early as 2016.4

Although it’ll be a couple of years before we know if Peugeot can fully realize the promise of Hybrid Air technology... if and when the Hybrid Air vehicles do become a reality it could breathe new life into the struggling French car company.