Green tyres, fuel savings, CO2 emission - Michelin tyres specifically designed for the Citroën Hybrid Air

Michelin tyres specifically designed for the Citroën Hybrid Air

Environment Published the 02/04/2013 by John

Combining a hybrid powertrain - petrol and compressed air - the Hybrid Air prototype developed by PSA Peugeot Citroën consumes less than 3l of fuel per 100 km and only emits 69g per km of CO2. The “Tall & Narrow” tyres, supplied by Michelin, make a significant contribution to this performance.

The Citroën Hybrid Air Citroën’s innovative petrol full hybrid solution - Copyright © : PSA Peugeot Citroën


Based on the Citroën C3, the Hybrid Air is not particularly exciting to look at. Yet, its engine uses a unique process combining petrol and compressed air to offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption (2.9 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions (69 g/km). These values are benchmarked against a standard Citroën C3 at the same power, which uses 4.5 l/100 km and emits104 g of CO2. 
This represents a fuel saving of 1.6 l /100 km and CO2 emissions are 35g lower.


Michelin’s Tall & Narrow tyre Copyright © : Michelin

To achieve this level of energy efficiency, PSA Peugeot-Citroën asked Michelin to specifically design a tyre.  Meeting the specifications was no easy task, since superior performances were required for rolling resistance, safety, comfort and mileage.

Michelin engineers therefore proposed a tyre with unusual dimensions: 65/50 R 18, i.e. A narrow tyre with a large diameter (Tall & Narrow technology), to strike a balance between these conflicting performances. This type of tyre was presented at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in 2011
Furthermore, Michelin research teams have reduced the tyre weight, achieving a reduction of almost 7 kg for the whole vehicle.
In total, the tyre designed by Michelin saves 0.18 litres of fuel per 100 km and 4.3 g of CO2 per kilometre.