Groupe PSA introduces electrified light vehicle as part of European EU-LIVE consortium
The European EU-LIVE consortium has unveiled a new L5e-category electrified mobility solution. (The L5e category consists of vehicles with three symmetrically arranged wheels fitted with an engine having a cylinder capacity of more than 50 cm3 if of the internal combustion type and/or a maximum design speed of more than 45 km/h.) Positioned between the two-wheel and four-wheel segments, the electrified light vehicle is equipped with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, two electric in-wheel motors, and a gasoline internal combustion engine.
The “Efficient Urban Light Vehicle” (EU-LIVE) European consortium brings together 12 partners from six countries, with Groupe PSA the only automaker.
Due to its silhouette and hybrid technology, the new EU-LIVE electrified mobility solution can reportedly be used on all roads and offers drivers the following benefits:
- It is suited to both roads and highways.
- Its tilting mechanism offers superior handling, its roll-control technology uses hydraulic components and hydropneumatic suspension.
- The vehicle runs in zero-emission mode at speeds of up to 70 km/h (43 mph) using two rear electric in-wheel motors, developed by two consortium partners, Elaphe and Brembo. The 48-V electric battery—designed by Samsung SDI—can be recharged using regenerative braking technology. When driving on inter-urban roads at speeds of between 70 and 130 km/h (81 mph), the Peugeot Scooter 31-kW single-cylinder gasoline engine takes over the propulsion. The light vehicle has a total range of 300 km (186 mi) and a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).
- The vehicle’s footprint of 2.4 m x 0.85 m (7.9 ft x 2.8 ft) and rotating doors aid in perpendicular parking and free up road space. As well as an enclosed, heated cabin, the vehicle also features seatbelts and an airbag, making helmets, gloves, waterproof jackets, and other protective gear unnecessary.
One of the EU-LIVE consortium’s main aims is to develop common powertrains that can be used for a variety of L-category vehicles to achieve economies of scale.
“Groupe PSA has committed to protecting individual freedom of movement. EU-LIVE is an illustrative example of it. This new electrified light vehicle allows an individual, safe and sustainable mobility thanks to its zero-emission mode. We are proud to take part in this European project with all our partners,” declared Carla Gohin, Senior Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering.
The urban mobility project is funded by the European Commission (€6.7 million) under the “Horizon 2020 GV5” Research and Innovation program.
For more information, go to http://eu-live.eu.