The B0 (B Zero) electric car created by Italy’s Pininfarina and France’s Bolloré looks quite promising, in good part because it isn’t just a concept car and the partners say that the first units will be delivered in about a year. Leases (€330/month) will be available in six European countries , and you can put your name on the list right now.
The totally 100% electric car’s battery can be recharged by plugging it into a standard home electrical outlet. A full charge will take about five hours, but a five-minute charge will be enough for a 25 km run. A number of roadside recharging electrical outlets already exist in some of the world’s major cities. As sales increase, more will be installed by city governments, service stations and parking facilities. The joint venture plans to build 15,000 vehicles a year.
Its LMP battery, which will be rechargeable in a matter of hours from a standard domestic main socket, will provide it with a range of 250 km (153 miles). The B° will have a top speed that is electronically limited to 130 km/h (80 mph) and will feature potent acceleration, reaching 60 km/h from a standing start (0 to 37 mph) in 6.3 seconds. The B° will also feature solar panels on its roof and hood, so as to help recharge its electrical power reserves.
The BLUECAR is a compact 5-door, 4-seat MPV powered by LMP batteries (Lythium Metal Polymere), which Pininfarina has coupled with a “supercapacity” energy storage device that will give this MPV a range of 250 km on a single charge. Batteries can be re-charged at any 230V outlet and the process takes “a few hours”, a vagueness we’ve come to expect from electric car makers. Pininfarina also claims the batteries will have a life-span of 200,000 km
The zero-emission electric vehicle by Pininfarina and Bolloré is expected to be available for rental by the end of 2010. The vehicle, dubbed the Bluecar, will be launched if the crash tests are successful and the car meets the required safety regulations. The vehicle will also go on sale at a later, yet unknown date.
Bolloré has inaugurated two new battery plants in France, each of which would have an annual production of 15,000 30KWh batteries by the year 2013, which can be used to make 30,000 Pininfarina cars, or 10,000 buses, or 60,000 small urban vehicles. The companies are however planning to build a mix of all three.
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