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Ricardo, QinetiQ and PSA present Efficient-C diesel hybrid

5 June 2006

Ricardo, QinetiQ and PSA Peugeot Citroën unveiled their Efficient-C diesel hybrid prototype, developed through a collaborative research project under the UK Department for Transport’s Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge. After two years of development, Ricardo and partners delivered a full hybrid diesel vehicle emitting only 99 g/km CO2—equivalent to 3.75 l/100 km or over 75 mpg—based on a fully featured Citroën Berlingo Multispace family car. This represents a 30% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions when compared to the equivalent diesel production vehicle, said Ricardo.

The 5 door Euro 4 compliant Efficient-C demonstrator vehicle comprises the following integrated technologies:

Among the project partners, Ricardo was the project leader and contributed program management and hybrid vehicle systems integration expertise. PSA Peugeot Citroën provided expertise in vehicle architecture, base vehicle hardware and hybrid powertrain components. QinetiQ contributed expertise in the areas of energy storage, battery management and high voltage wiring systems.

Source: Ricardo