Pininfarina and Bolloré Taking Orders for B0 Electric Car


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Photos: Pininfarina & Bollore
An Electric Car With Lithium-Polymer Batteries and Supercapacitors
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 (see below for more details), and you can put your name on the list right now.

Update: The B0 is now known as the BlueCar. You can check out the official BlueCar site here.
Click on image above to see more photos of the Pininfarina Bluecar EV.
B0 Electric Car Technical Details
Some of the technical highlights:

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.

It will also apparently be able to run about 30km (20 miles) on a charge of "a few minutes."


Click on image above to see more photos of the Pininfarina Bluecar EV.
Solar Panels on the Car: Yay or Nay?
We're not quite sure if the solar panels are a good idea. They will make the car more expensive to make and won't necessarily always be in the sun. Maybe a less expensive car would've meant more people could afford it and other efforts, on a larger scale, could be meant to clean up the grid from which the car will be charged (or people can always buy solar panels for their homes). It's certainly not a bad thing, but solar panels can usually be more effective in fixed optimal positions, and battery electric car are still pretty expensive, so anything that adds to their cost should be considered carefully.

On the other hand, I'm sure that someday putting solar panels on cars will make sense. Breakthroughs will mean more efficient, less expensive, more flexible, etc, solar panels. But right now, those panels would probably make a bigger difference in on a rooftop or in a solar farm.


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