We all love fuel efficiency. After all, clean air is pleasant, while the cost of a gallon of gas is not so pleasant. However, despite our love of pure air and our distaste for giving the oil industry our hard-earned wages, most of us get around in vehicles that earn much fewer than 30 miles a gallon.
Sure, we do know all about gas-electric hybrids and purely-electric plug-ins. But, these cars are costly and usually are lacking in driving range. So, we continue to slave behind the wheels of our gas-powered cars.
Well, according to Peugeot Citroen, the time for expensive fuel-efficient cars and less costly gas-guzzlers is coming to an end. The French carmaker says that it has made a concept vehicle that will rate 117 mpg in the city and cost $1,500 less than what the average hybrid of today costs. Oh, and get this, the Peugeot prototype runs on gas and air, not electricity. The automaker claims that when the car is not running on gas it will be powered by a tank of compressed air that would be replenished by the engine and the brakes. When you think about it, air, assuming it is not polluted, is really the ultimate renewable resource.
Peugeot Citroen says that it hopes to start selling its gas-air hybrid on the continent in 2016. Talking about this, a company spokesman, beret tilted low, said, “We are not talking about weird and wacky machines. These are going to be in everyday cars.”