An electric-hybrid three-wheeler that tilts in corners has been unveiled as part of a European Efficient Urban Light Vehicle (EU-LIVE) initiative.
The three-wheeler was designed and constructed by French car maker Group PSA, which has Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and Vauxhall brands under its umbrella.
The Peugeot Scooter, as it’s called, is positioned between the two-wheel and four-wheel segments, and equipped with a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, two electric in-wheel motors and a petrol internal combustion engine.
PSA says the new EU-LIVE electrified mobility solution is suited to both roads and motorways, and all it requires is a driving licence.
Its tilting mechanism aids handling, making the vehicle as easy to drive/ride as a three-wheel scooter. This and the roll-control technology account for more than half of the 13 patents filed by Groupe PSA. The system notably makes use of hydraulic components and hydropneumatic suspension.
The vehicle runs in zero-emission mode at speed of up to 70 km/h using two rear electric in-wheel motors, developed by two consortium partners Elaphe and Brembo. The 48-volt 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, the scooter’s 31kW single-cylinder petrol engine takes over. It has a max range of 300km and a top speed of 130km/h.
The scooter is compact at 2.4 metres x 0.85 metres, with rotating doors to help 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.