• Oct 4th 2008 at 8:03PM
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Click above for more shots of the Peugeot HYmotion3 Compressor Concept

We really dig Peugeot's new HYmotion3 Compressor Concept. It's got three wheels -- two up front and one in back, our preferred arrangement -- and a hybrid drivetrain. The two front wheels are independently powered by individual wheel-mounted hub motors and have no connection to the supercharged four-stroke 125cc engine that powers the rear wheel. Regenerative braking is all that provides power to the scooter's battery pack. Like the Piaggio MP3, the HYmotion3 is a leaning machine. Besides that radical powertrain, the scooter features a full safety cage that encompasses both the driver and passenger. A real windshield sits at the front with a second large sunroof overhead.

The engine shuts down when it's not needed and the electrically-driven front wheels are capable of powering the machine by themselves. The HYmotion3 is extremely fuel efficient, recording 118 miles per gallon. Could it see production? It's not beyond the realm of possibility, as the supercharged engine is already sold in other Peugeot scooters and the aforementioned MP3 has proven that the design can be a success on the sales floor. In other words, stay tuned.

[Source: Peugeot]


The missing link

Occupying a half-way house between the world of the scooter and the car, the HYmotion3 compressor is a highly original proposal designed to facilitate urban mobility. Attractive thanks to its dynamic, streamlined and futuristic style; it is an interesting concept combining numerous benefits (size, safety and comfort) with "HYmotion" hybrid/petrol technology. This new generation technology creates a three wheel drive vehicle, benefiting safety and driveability and combining economy with an environmentally-friendly specification (CO2 emissions of only 47 g/km in the combined cycle, zero in electric only mode).

The HYmotion3 compressor concept is a means of transport with no affiliation to a particular type of vehicle. With its three wheels and its streamlined body, it is something of a missing link between two worlds which to date are quite distinct: that of the scooter and that of the car. With an electric motor in each of its two front wheels, coupled at the rear with a petrol engine, it brings into play very innovative hybrid technologies allowing each of its wheels to provide motive power.

In a world of intensifying urban traffic where everyone is trying to save time, where oil prices are skyrocketing and the environment is more than ever a priority, design departments are vying in ingenuity to develop solutions for the future.

Giving full rein to their creativity and expertise, two separate Peugeot teams converged on a similar idea and finally worked in tandem to develop a particularly original project: the HYmotion3 compressor.

This "concept car", or rather "concept scooter", is based on the extensive experience of Peugeot Motorcycles, specialists in the scooter field, as well as the creativity and innovative capabilities of stylists and engineers working for Automobiles Peugeot.

To create this concept, Peugeot was able to draw on its extensive experience in the world of transportation enabling each individual, according to their age or their needs, to choose from among the Marque's cycles, motorcycles and cars.

This vehicle offers an ideal mix of the benefits of a scooter and particular characteristics of a car.

Its design is based on three wheels for maximum stability, safety and driveability. Its width of 82 cm enables it to thread a path through urban traffic with all the efficiency of a two-wheeler. The front windscreen extends to the rear of the vehicle to form a highly effective shield against bad weather for the rider and passenger.

In addition, regulations in France allow the vehicle to be driven with a B licence only, giving it a wide range of potential customers.

Finally, this vehicle incorporates HYmotion technology, also featured on other concept-cars in the Peugeot exhibition space at the Paris Motor Show. This new generation hybrid technology incorporates the supercharged petrol engine already featured in the Peugeot Satelis scooter. With a power of 15 kW (20 bhp) driving the rear wheel, it is combined with two electric motors, each with an output of 3 kW, located in the front wheels.

This configuration develops a maximum power of 21 kW (29 bhp) for a particularly low fuel consumption of 2.0 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of 47 g/km in the combined cycle, or 0 in electric only mode. The design of the HYmotion3 compressor, with its three wheel drive, provides positive
benefits for both safety and drivability.

Thanks to its extreme hybridisation, the HYmotion3 compressor concept creates a new benchmark in terms of safety (improved traction and braking), practicality and environmental-friendliness, offering original versatility at one with its environment.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      BTW, google 'diamo velux' for a canopy scooter that should still be available in the US.. Dunno if it's any good, apparently it's Chinese-built based on a licensed Benelli design..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course, even if it saw production, there is no way in heck that it would ever be sold in America. First off, Peugeot doesn't sell vehicles in America anymore. Hopefully that changes soon. Second, something like this would likely be too expensive for any average American consumer to actually consider.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Could see buying one of these if they could keep the price reasonable. Afraid we won't see it here though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like Peugeot has some cool design elements in this concept, specifically the hub-motor driven front wheels. As a motorcycle enthusiast and green-tech proponent, I've been very excited about the idea of electrically driven all wheel drive motos. The front suspension looks a bit flawed, though. One horizontal coilover between both front wheels? That means a bump/pothole on one front wheel will effect the stability of the other.

      I wonder what the top speed spec is for this machine. The forthcoming (Dec '09... in production; not just a concept!) Piaggio MP3 hybrid is getting 140 mpg (US) with a top speed of about 65mph, and at least here in California, would not meet the displacement requirements for freeway travel. If the supercharger on the Peugeot, which likely costs it the 30+ mpg that the Piaggio gets, results in another 10mph to the top speed, that wouldn't be a bad trade-off.

      Other than that, looks like another reason for people to confuse Piaggio and Peugeot other than their similar names! :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now I like the sound of that triple-digit MPG rating! Looks good too.

      BTW, I remember I saw a three-wheel motorcycle the other day, with two small wheels in front and one regular size wheel in back. Anyone know of anything like that? What might I have seen?
        • 8 Months Ago
        You probably saw a Pellagio MP3.

        I'd love one of these things. But 125cc is a little bit low for getting on the highway, unfortunately.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Gulags, you mean "Piaggio", and it comes in three flavors:

        250cc, 400cc, and 500cc (at least in America).

        Why would someone as clearly misinfomed as yourself on the subject reply?

      • 8 Months Ago
      Huh? "driver and passenger"? I see no room for a passenger. Where?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The one reason why I'd prefer a car over a scooter would probably be the lack of a helmet. I'd rather feel comfortable in my vehicle than confined.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In october we will buy the Smera electric like HYmotion3 ...


      • 8 Months Ago
      This is the right form factor for 80% of most people's driving needs, if it were weatherproof and not require helmets. Look at how people actually use their cars, and it is apparent that this will fill the bill.

      We buy multi-purpose vehicles, but we rarely use them that way. What is sorely missing on the U.S. market is single purpose vehicles (i.e., commuters) to be used as the default vehicle for daily use, with a multi-purpose vehicle kept in reserve or rented as needed.

      A car like this should be inexpensive. Two of them should cost less than one standard compact sedan. Two can park in one normal car parking spot in a garage. So, instead of two multi-purpose vehicles parked in an ordinary garage, there would be three: one MPV and two commuters. Total cost would be the same.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not nearly as impressive as the VW 1 Liter concept, IMHO:


      Of course, the VW has four wheels, so it would be impossible to sell in the USA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a combination of a Piaggo MP3 and a BMW C1.


      BTW, Piaggo sure seems to sell a lot of MP3s.
        • 8 Months Ago
        The BMW C1 looked hella pimp, and IIRC they released a 200-250cc model before they discontinued them.. They have one at Bob's BMW in MD on display, but I don't know if it's street legal..

        (I kinda want one)
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you're interested in this product you may enjoy the following website for a similar trike that is currently for sale:

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