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Subject: PSA Compressed Air Hybrid Date: 1/25/2013 6:36 PM
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PSA Peugeot Citroen hopes to get an 18-month jump on its global rivals by using compressed air to hybridize small cars cheaply. A skunk-works team began four years ago on “Project Ghost,” an effort to create a new technology that would give PSA a competitive advantage. It built its first car employing the same hydraulic components that Airbus uses to adjust the wing flaps.

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Subject: Re: PSA Compressed Air Hybrid Date: 1/27/2013 12:54 PM
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As a former submarine DCA, with many years of HP air experience I have a hard time believing that the losses, weight and maintenance issues wont be a disaster in a vehicle looking for light, fast, efficient technology

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Subject: Re: PSA Compressed Air Hybrid Date: 1/27/2013 6:09 PM
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Yeah, it's hard for me to believe as well, Skepik, but I'm aware that there are cars in India that run 100% on compressed air.

Ford built some hydraulic hybrid trucks (R&D project I believe) which might be more like what the article refers to. There, the strategy is to use hydraulic power to "launch" a heavy truck and get it going.... supposedly with significant fuel economy savings. As you might suppose, there was an accumulator with an air bladder for pressurization.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the author got the facts wrong.... most journalists are pretty shaky on technical items.

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