Updated: January 24, 2013 9:57 AM | By Tim Pollard for MSN Autos
Peugeot Citroen Air Hybrid prototype preview

How feasible is compressed air as a power source for hybrid cars?



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The French have great hopes for the new Hybrid Air compressed air system: Peugeot and Citroen have taken out 80 patents, along with their technical partners Bosch and Faurecia.

It won’t be a breeze to bring this complicated tech to market without hitches, but if they get it right they could leapfrog the mainly Japanese and German competition who currently dominate the petrol-electric hybrid scene.

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