The big guns have already begun to bring cars to the market trying to attain the CO2 figures being demanded by European governments over the next decade.
An example of this is the news release today from Peugeot in France concerning their new Hybrid Air Technology and the launch vehicle, the 2008 crossover.
When deciding between company car or cash, it will take standout technology to tempt buyers or drivers.
Peugeot have taken an alternative approach to the electric motor/battery system of the hybrids that we are used to. They, along with Bosch, have developed a compressed air store that is then used to power the car.
Initial indications are that the car will be capable of 97mpg and will have CO2 levels of 70g/km. The target consumption figure according to Peugeot, is 140 mpg. Right now, that equates to a company car tax of just 5% and fantastic benefit in kind payments as a result, it will also be superb when calculating your allowance for mileage.
The compressed air motor is lighter than the electric alternative and the tanks are many times lighter than batteries. The system is yet not as efficient, but as its developed it may well point the way for other cars. Additionally, Peugeot Citroen are large producers of commercial vehicle and this system lends itself to use in vans.