Jan 252012

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 – Ireland

Following the release of Peugeot’s new 3008 Hybrid4 in the UK at the end of last year, the world’s first commercially available diesel hybrid vehicle is set to go on sale in Ireland. First shown in Paris in 2010 amid skepticism that a diesel hybrid could be economically viable, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 has since won a number of awards, including the What Car? Green Car of the Year award and Diesel Car magazine’s Best Eco Car of the Year in 2011. It’s also received praise from much of the mainstream and motoring press.

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 - Eco Car

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 - Eco Car

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 – Commercial Hybrid Diesel Technology

The main reasons diesel hybrids have not really caught on should first be explained. The theory goes that the fuel economy advantages a diesel hybrid provides over a petrol car are so miniscule versus the extra cost required in developing and wholesaling the engine used that it’s hardly worth it. Other factors that have dissuaded automakers from producing such vehicles in the past include the feeling that such vehicles would generally be smelly and noisy, while hybrids are typically taken up in countries that prefer petrol to diesel engines, such as America and Japan. Yet the European manufacturer Peugeot has broken tradition and made the first leap into commercial hybrid diesel technology.

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 – Performance

In terms of performance, it is difficult to fault the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4. It delivers a solid 161 break horsepower under the bonnet with its standard two-litre turbodiesel engine and there is an eight-kilowatt generator recharging the nickel hydride battery in the rear. A 36hp AC electric motor drives the back wheels to complete the hybrid set-up. Surprisingly, the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is a four-wheel drive without all the usual shafts and transmissions connecting the two axels together.

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 – Fuel Efficiency

The key question is, how well does it rank in terms of fuel efficiency? Well, compared to other hybrids it’s highly competitive. Compared to other diesels, it’s off the chart. It emits 99g of CO2 for every kilometre travelled and on a full tank of fuel, it can continue for more than 200kms beyond the standard diesel version of the same vehicle. In terms of miles per gallon, its fuel efficiency translates to a whopping 74mpg. In other words, it saves a small fortune in diesel costs over the course of a year, a fairly sizeable amount in road tax given it easily falls into band A and in Ireland, it qualifies for a €1,500 rebate up to the end of this year.

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid - Dimensions

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid - Dimensions

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 – Purchase Price

Unsurprisingly, its retail price is a fair amount above the standard diesel equivalent. The Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 is set to sell for just under €37,000 in Ireland when it goes on sale in April. Dealerships are already taking pre-orders of the car and it will be previewed next month. In terms of cost, this a car that offers a number of advantages and disadvantages, as you would expect with any hybrid. The initial investment is high but that is cushioned by the government rebates, at least for 2012, while the running costs are significantly less than your average diesel. Compared to petrol hybrids, it certainly holds its own.

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