PSA 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.

PSA Group EU-LIVE front

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."

PSA Group EU-LIVE rear

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.

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Patrick Fuller

Author:Patrick Fuller
Date Updated:6th Dec 2017

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