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Published on September 21st, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Peugeot Onyx Hybrid Supercar Gets Supplemental Three-Wheeled Plug-In Scooter

Alternative fuel and hybrid supercars are fast becoming a trend among automakers, especially those in Europe. One of the best-looking “green” supercars I’ve seen ahead of the Paris Auto Show is without a doubt the diesel-electric Peugeot Onyx, a copper-plated, 680 horsepower statement of eco-badassery.

It only gets better though. Peugeot is bringing along a companion vehicle to the Onyx supercar, the three-wheeled plug-in hybrid Onyx Scooter Concept. Also, it transforms. I’ll take both!

The Onyx Scooter Concept utilizes a 0.4 liter gas engine with an electric motor sending power to the rear wheel. This combo produces 60 horsepower and 43 ft-lbs of torque, a far cry from the 680 of the supercar…but not bad for a scooter. This allows for a top speed of 93 mph, and the battery is big enough to go over 18 miles in all-electric mode. This enables the Onyx Scooter Concept to get up to 117 mpg.

Now, about that transforming bit. The Onyx Scooter Concept features a center-mounted “clip box”, which when removed Onyx Scooter into “Urban Mode”, and makes it look like, well, a scooter. But with the clip box in, the Onyx Scooter is more superbike than scooter. Also, three-wheels!

Are Scooters suddenly getting cool? I wouldn’t mind being seen on some of these scooters, especially the Onyx since it looks to utilize the same bare-copper plating found on its big-brother supercar. Once the Onyx Scooter gets a nice patina going, it will look even cooler. Too bad Peugeot probably won’t build it.

Source: Peugeot


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



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  • ScooterAvid

    Someone should at least build it as a rebody of the Piaggio MP3. It’s more attractive and with the box, more practical. In fact, Piaggio should make this design under the Gilera brand.

  • dh zehrbach

    What is the big deal about these concept vehicles? The ZEV company has been making 150 mile range, 80 + mph fully electric scooter for years for prices way under those projected for the concepts. http://www.zelectricvehicle.com
    Been driving to work for 3 years. 46 miles a day at 75 mph. Zero maintenance.

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