I just read something yesterday that sounds just as "far fetched" but is apparently MUCH, MUCH closer to being implemented for fleet trucks; and Fed-Ex, UPS, and a few more already have a bunch of delivery trucks that have it installed, and are testing it out;
It's some kind of an electric motor "drive unit"; any delivery truck can have a "conversion" unit installed; makes no difference what make, what model, it can be "converted". It's a start-up company in Anderson, Indiana, (I don't recall the name right now) they had a picture in the article of the "unit"; it runs off of some new "high tech" Li-ion battery I think. Apparently the companies using the things are very impressed with them so far.
This "thing" that Peugeot is talking about........sounds a lot like a light-weight golf buggy to me. (in other words, I remain to be convinced)
BTW........I just thought about something else; this business about "using air".............does anyone remember when Mack Truck (and other truck manufacturers) used air starters on big trucks back in the 50s and 60s? Not delivery trucks, I mean really BIG over-the-road tractor trailer trucks ? I think the whole idea was to save a bit of weight from big heavy electric starters, and the four big heavy batteries needed to power them. They worked really well, all except for when the air tank got too low on air to operate the starter, then you either had to call a service truck, or hook up an "extension hose" from one of your drive tires, to the air tank, and "air it up" to get the engine started. I think they probably required more maintenance that regular electric starters also; they finally "went away" by the 70s or 80s.
I worked for this big Tank Line in Ohio, called F.J. Egner & Son back in the late 50s; they were a "intra-state" tank carrier, and every truck they had was a Mack, and they ALL
had air starters. You can ALWAYS tell when a truck has an air starter; when you pull the knob that operates the starter, it releases a huge big blast of 130 lb. psi air; (which can be heard from half a mile away). No way to describe that sound, but suffice to say, it "startles" the hell out of most people, (even around truck stops, where you used to hear it all the time); now........many truck drivers who drove trucks with air starters would routinely pull the starter knob while waiting for a traffic signal, especially if there were any "babes" in th cross walk; on one such occasion, I was sitting at a light, and noticed this fabulous "babe" about to walk across
the street; just as she was right in front of me, I pulled the knob, the starter makes it's usual sound, the terrified "babe" goes straight up.............and her damned bloomers went straight "down".....clear to her ankles ! So now here's this frightened "babe", with her bloomers down around her ankles, in the middle of the street ! A bunch of other people jumped too, and they were all looking at the truck, (thinking, "WTF"), while the babe was trying to get her panties back up so she could get across the street.
Thinking back on this "foul deed", I almost feel ashamed of myself now that I have become a "nice, gentle, compassionate senior citizen type, but to a 20 something smart-ass kid driving a big truck. it seemed hilarious at the time. (Let's hope those Peugeots don't make any air noises like those air starters did, or they will become very unpopular among "babes" !)
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein