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Interesting hybrid design

  1. Apr 30, 2009 #1


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    Peugeot have a new hybrid 4x4
    They took a regular front wheel drive car and added an electric motor driving the rear wheels only.
    It can run ICE + front wheel only for freeways without the extra drag of permanent 4wd
    Electric rear wheel only for in-town/traffic low speed, or Diesel front + electric rear for 4x4.
    It can also do regenerative braking with the rear wheels.

    The idea is that the cost+weight of the electric system + batteries is less than fitting a conventional 4wd system. And the weight of the batteries over the rear wheels helps the grip.

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  3. Apr 30, 2009 #2
    I'm pretty sure lexus did this a few years ago with one of their SUVs.
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