Category Archives: Environment

Environmentally trendy

There is a growing concern with the environment, everybody is recycling plastics bottles at home, recycling  paper waste at work… Whether being “green” is the right thing to do or not, it is however the new “trend” in society, and car manufacturers are constantly developing hybrids and electric vehicles to meet this increasing demand.

Peugeot and Hyundai are no exceptions to this emerging techology.

Peugeot introduced their version of the start-stop system; the “Stop & Start system” in their hybrid vehicles. It should supposedly result in higher efficiency, lower fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. How it works is that whenever you’re stationary, the engine stops; then restarts it again when you move off. It has the benefits of reducing fuel consumption when you’re driving by up to 15% in dense urban traffic, and reignition, which is 40% quicker. This technology is incorporated  in the 308, 3008, 508, 5008, Partner van and Partner Tepee hybrid models


Hyundai are currently only offering 1 Hybrid vehicle, the Sonata hybrid. What is interesting is that Hyundai developed their own original hybrid architecture. What’s the difference? Unlike hybrid systems constructed by Ford or Toyota, Hyundai’s system uses a new six-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor that takes the place of the torque converter, instead of a continuously variable transmission with integrated electric motors and generators. Which means that Hyundai is trying to address the common complaint that hybrids are boring to drive, and provide credible mileage for city driving conditions while delivering top-tier fuel economy for highway driving.


Additionally, Hyundai introduced a system called “Bluedrive” which is a collection of technologies which makes their car more efficient. These are all existing technologies that are found on most cars but the “bluedrive” name might persuade some customers