6.12.2017PSA Group reveals EU-LIVE research vehicle
The PSA Group has designed a compact range-extended electric vehicle designed for urban travel. The electric light vehicle features a four-wheel tricycle-inspired design, and a driving range of around 185 miles.
Requiring a standard driving licence to pilot, the vehicle is part of the European EU-LIVE (Efficient Urban Light Vehicle) consortium's research and innovation programme, and is suited for all types of highway - including motorways.
The PHEV tilts into bends in the same way a motorcycle does, using hydro-pneumatic suspension to tip the vehicle for cornering. Using two in-wheel electric motors at the rear, the lightweight Peugeot can run at speeds of up to 43 mph in zero-emission mode, powered by a 48-volt battery.
Featuring conventional plug-in systems like regenerative braking, the urban vehicle also uses a 42hp petrol engine from a Peugeot scooter to extend the range and take over when at higher speeds.
Most similar to the Renault Twizy than any other production vehicle on the road today, the EU-LIVE model is only 2.4 meters long and 0.85 meters wide, and rotating doors mean drivers can park in very narrow spaces. There is a fully-enclosed and heated cabin with seatbelts and an airbag, removing the need for helmets, gloves, and other protective weather-proof equipment.
Carla Gohin, Senior Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering, said: "Groupe PSA has committed to protecting individual freedom of movement. EU-LIVE is an illustrative example of it. This new electrified light vehicle allows an individual, safe and sustainable mobility thanks to its zero-emission mode. We are proud to take part in this European project with all our partners."
Although no word is given on production plans, the project does come under the PSA Group's Push to Pass strategy, and could be offered as a mobility solution, to sit between Peugeot's car and motorcycle ranges.