Geneva Motor Show 2011 - Diesel-electric dream realized

Peugeot is set to begin taking preorders for its hybrid diesel vehicle March 3, as the first representations of the long-held dream of diesel-electric vehicles come to life at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Bookings for the 3008 Hybrid4 Limited Edition will commence at the Geneva Show, Peugeot has confirmed, with only 300 of the models set to be made for delivery to 11 European countries.

The vehicle, which is set to become the world's first production diesel hybrid, adds hybrid power to the already-efficient diesel engine, resulting in a 200 hp, four-wheel drive vehicle which emits 99g/km carbon dioxide per kilometer and offers a potential 74.4 mpg (3.16 l/100km).

Originally unveiled in August last year, the use of both a diesel and electric motor in 3008 Hybrid4 represents the final commercialization of a long-held goal which some considered unattainable due to the high cost of both systems - the 3008 will cost €41,000 in the French market.

But this year's Geneva show won't just be about the 3008, as Volvo and Land Rover are also readying diesel-electric concepts which could soon be on the road.

Volvo's new V60 plug-in hybrid concept is "virtually production ready," according to the Swedish automaker, and could be on the roads as soon as next year.

With an all-electric range of up to 32 miles (51 km), the car can offer an incredible 150 mpg (1.56 l/100km) in hybrid mode using both its 2.4 liter diesel engine and a 70 hp electric motor coupled to the rear drive.

Land Rover will also be showcasing its Range_e, a working prototype of a diesel-electric Range Rover Sport which uses a 3.0 liter engine and an electric motor with a range of 20 miles (32 km), offering combined emissions of 80g/km.

All the models will be on show at the Geneva Motor Show, which is open to the public March 3-13 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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