On 3-4 July 2013 at the International Environmentally Responsible Car Show (RIVE) in Alès, France, Bosch and PSA Peugeot Citroën are premiering their Optimal Energy Consumption and Recovery solution (OpEneR), a research project designed to increase the range of future hybrid and electric vehicles by optimising energy management.
OpEneR allows drivers to reduce their fuel consumption through either freewheeling or regenerative braking for hybrids and EVs. With OpEneR, the partners have designed three technological innovations:
- An electric powertrain based on two e-machines that deliver four-wheel drive. This technological solution offers carbon-free driving enjoyment and allows motorists to choose between front or rear wheel drive depending on driving and road conditions.
- The new-generation Stop & Start system that enables freewheeling.
- The ESP® electronic stability program that makes it possible to recover energy when braking and recharge the battery, along with the iBooster, which creates more vacuumfree brake pressure.
To test and validate the project’s performance, several thousand kilometres were driven using two prototypes built on a Peugeot 3008 platform.
OpEneR responds to the European Commission’s Green Cars initiative, which brings together partners from industry and the academic community. Today, five partners are involved in this research project: Bosch, AVL List and PSA Peugeot Citroën for manufacturers and the Karlsruhe Research Centre in Germany and the Galician Automotive Technology Centre (CTAG) for university research institutions.
This close-knit collaboration between PSA Peugeot Citroën and Bosch is based on a cooperative venture launched in 2008. Building on their strategic partnership in the area of hybrid technologies, PSA Peugeot Citroën in 2011 began series production of the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, the world’s first diesel hybrid vehicle.
The electrical components (electric motor, power electronics and high-voltage alternator) and the special hybrid-adapted version of the ESP® electronic stability program were developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën in close cooperation with Bosch. They now equip all of the Group’s hybrid models: the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, 508 sedan and RXH, as well as the Citroën DS5 HYbrid4.