PSA plans powerful, clean three-cylinder engine and advances H2Origin

  • 06-Aug-2008 12:54 EDT
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Underhood packaging is an important part of the Peugeot H2Origin project.

PSA Peugeot Citroën is proud of its low level of fleet CO2 emissions. “We have achieved 140 g/km in France and 141 g/km across all our European markets, and we will meet the emissions requirements for 2012,” said Pascal Henault, the company’s Group Director of R&D.

But there is better to come. Now, PSA Peugeot Citroën is starting to develop a new family of 1.0-L three-cylinder petrol engines with relatively high specific power output of about 50 to 75 kW (67 to 101 hp) and the potential to achieve CO2 emissions below 100 g/km without the need for additional technology.

Manufacturing sites for the engine range will be established in France and Eastern Europe, the first of which will be operational in 2011 with an annual unit capacity of 600,000. It will be at Trémery in France on an established PSA Peugeot Citroën site. The Eastern Europe facility will come on stream in 2012, with a site to be announced shortly.

No further details have been announced about the engines, but the move indicates the company’s aim to achieve significant downsizing without compromising performance and driveability.

Although Henault has indicated his caution about the future application of fuel-cell technology for cars, PSA Peugeot Citroën has presented the results of its H2Origin collaborative research project with Intelligent Energy (IE). The project integrated fuel-cell technology into a zero-emissions urban delivery vehicle (based on the production Peugeot Partner Origin) with an electric powertrain.

After three years’ work on the project, the result is a battery-powered vehicle but with a 10-kW hydrogen fuel cell as a range extender providing a total capability of 300 km (186 mi). The fuel cell is contained beneath the vehicle’s hood. The vehicle can be started at temperatures of -20°C (-4°F). Compressed hydrogen is stored in an exchangeable rack to compensate for the lack of a hydrogen-refueling infrastructure.

Jean Pierre Goedgebuer, Scientific Director of PSA Peugeot Citroën, said: “As a leader in low-carbon vehicles, we have already demonstrated several zero-emissions vehicles. The Intelligent Energy fuel cell in the H2Origin extends its range from approximately 100 km to three times that distance. This sort of range increases the attractiveness of electric vehicles for urban delivery, which is one of the most promising future markets for electric vehicles.”

Intelligent Energy is lead partner in the project, coordinating program management and liaison with the Technology Strategy Board, which partially funded the project. PSA Peugeot Citroën has previously developed five demonstrators, each equipped with different types of fuel cells. The group is participating in a joint European program researching solutions for the storage of hydrogen for automotive applications.

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