Though Peugeot may be best known for automobiles, it's also a manufacturer of both bicycles and scooters.; The latter helps explain the new HYmotion3 Compressor- concept, a two-person, three-wheel scooter complete with hybrid powertrain.
Looking much like the Piaggo MP3, the HYmotion3 is powered by two hub-mounted electric motors on the front two wheels, in addition to a 125cc engine that powers the rear wheel.
In normal operation, the HYmotion3 runs primarily on the electric motors alone, operating as a zero-emission vehicle.; The gasoline engine fires up only when needed, typically in situations where either hard acceleration or battery recharging is needed.
Though it may seem odd to fit a hybrid system to something that's already as fuel-efficient as a scooter, the numbers are fairly impressive.; Peugeot says the HYmotion3 can return fuel economy figures as high as 118 mpg, while emitting only 47 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Will it reach production?; As the HYMotion3's gas engine is already used in other Peugeot scooters, it's a possibility - but don't look for it in North America.