Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE Concept Tries to Blend Performance and Efficiency

Peugeot is set to reveal the 208 Hybrid FE concept at the 2013 edition of the Frankfurt motor show. First shown in basic mockup form earlier in the year in Geneva, it has now turned into a fully-fledged concept which has a very interesting proposition – it emits 49 k/km of CO2, yet still hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8 seconds. In regards to its actual fuel efficiency, the official press release says it ”explores solutions for reaching the bar of 2l/100km,” but don’t give any definitive numbers. The figures are achieved by making a 1.2-liter petrol engine and (detuned racing) electric motor work together in harmony, as well as through weight savings of 20 percent over the conventional model through the use of composite materials and 25 percent better coefficient of drag. In order to achieve the latter, extensive work has been done on the outside, and now most outlets are smaller, gone or more streamlined, mirrors have been replaced with cameras and door handles are shaved, while the back looks nothing like that of the regular production 208. Before we get a chance to see it at Peugeot’s motor show stand, all we have to go by are three photos, one of which shows the layout of the gasoline-electric powertrain. You can view them in the gallery below. By Andrei Nedelea