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Diesel hybrid is not part of Peugeot's future plans, as it concentrates on petrol-electric and plug-in hybrids
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18 September 2015

Peugeot has confirmed it no longer plans to offer a diesel hybrid engine, concentrating on plug-in hybrids and petrol-electric hybrids in the future.

The company’s CEO Maxime Picat confirmed that the technology, which currently features in the 508 RXH, will be killed off.

“You have a really efficient diesel [engine] in terms of CO2 plus the hybrid but where you are in countries where there is no diesel you have to redevelop,” he said.

The company wants to offer the same engines in many different countries, and the combination of diesel and electric is not cheap enough to produce for the small number of markets that it appeals to.

“It is not efficient in terms of economy of scale and we know these new energies are costly to develop,” he said. “We have to make sure we have the same technical solution for Europe, for China, for Norway, for all the countries.”

Peugeot has recently stopped selling the 3008 diesel hybrid in the UK, leaving the 508 as the only model that offers the technology. Picat did not say whether the diesel hybrid option would be pulled from the range before the 508 is replaced, but it will not be offered on any replacement for the car, which is likely to be on sale until 2017 at least.

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18 September 2015
You need to keep weight down, keep noise to minimum. Also, as plug-in hybrids are going to up their electric range the running cost of when it goes to fossil fuel power is going to be alot less. It would be interesting to know how much petrol the agerage range extender i3 user uses over a year. Any i3 owners out there?

18 September 2015
"Noise"? What utter twaddle. They have killed this because hardly anybody wants to buy it. This is because the diesel engine is efficient enough already, both in terms of CO2 and mpg, not to mention range, usability and resale. Why would anyone need to add an electric motor to that, more than doubling the cost of the powertrain and for what? Nobody else but the French would be silly enough to sell a *diesel* hybrid. The other key driver here is the price of oil, which has collapsed, rendering over-expensive solutions like this utterly redundant in the real, non-eco nutter world.

18 September 2015
Mercedes sell a C-Class and an E-Class diesel hybrid. There is also a petrol hybrid C-Class which is very expensive.

18 September 2015
Hope for V6 only to Return. Peugeot is only got 4 cylinders at the moment. But let hop not like Volvo or Mazda. Peugeot don't need V8 or any big engines 4 & 6 is enough. Don't bring 60- back.

18 September 2015
Sure, they'll be a decade or two of confusion with people trying to push absurd combined electric/combustion figures but it won't be long enough before people wise up and start scrutinising kWh/100km and mpg figures separately.

18 September 2015
You assume that the electric motor and combustion engine are operating completely independently of one another. In this case, separate figures are useful.

If the two are working together (either in parallel or in sequence), then an overall figure is more relevant.

In reality, the car will usually do both at different times.

18 September 2015
Are the pollutants, and if big cities start charging extra for diesel cars to enter, then the low CO2 emissions will be of little benefit to the owner...

18 September 2015
Just because this heavy first generation hybrid didn't work doesn't mean that the diesel hybrid is fundamentally flawed. I quite like the idea of an EV with a small size range extender diesel for long journey work. That diesel engine would not need to be big or sophisticated, just so long as it could provide around 20kw of power to maintain a reasonable cruising speed. By attempting to build petrol electric hybrids, Peugeot will always be playing catch up with Toyota and Honda.

18 September 2015
All those things go with Diesel compared to petrol mr mellons. And you think diesel is efficient, check your physics school book out and find out how efficient an electric motor is. Face it the EV and/or the PETROL range extender is coming despite your hatred of them.

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