Ever since Koenigsegg emerged as the chosen buyer for fellow Swedish automaker Saab, rumors of a number of eco-friendly automobiles from the two automakers have been making the rounds. In addition to a production version of Koenigsegg’s electric Quant concept from this year’s Geneva Motor Show, we’ve also heard that Saab is hard at work developing a hybrid version of its latest 9-5 sedan.
In an interview with Auto Motor & Sport, Christian Von Koenigsegg has revealed that both the automaker that bears his name and the recently-purchased Saab are both working on pneumatic valve technology from Cargines that could potentially offer a fuel savings of 20 to 30 percent. Further, Koenigsegg believes combining that system with a hydraulic hybrid powertrain could potentially result in a 90-percent reduction in total energy consumption and allow the automaker to build a performance-minded hybrid automobile.
Gallery: Saab 9-X Air
[Source: Auto Motor & Sport]
REPORT: Koenigsegg developing pneumatic engine technology and hydraulic hybrid powertrains originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.