Countdown To The All-Electric Sintesi


Kids start counting down to next Christmas before the blizzard of gift paper is properly recycled - car enthusiasts can countdown the months until they can order an all-electric vehicle with a lithium-metal polymer battery from the collaboration of Italian designers Pininfarina and the French Bolloré conglomerate.

Just 1,000 of the new Sintesi cars (to be first unveiled in March at the Geneva auto show) will be produced by late summer 2009, but according to company web sites, they will be available for order in December 2008 - just 11 months to go! - priced at around U.S.$700 per month. The four-seater Sintesi designed by Lowie Vermeersch at Pininfarina will have an estimated range of around 250 kilometers on a single charge - going from 0 to 50 in five seconds (making it more of a city car) and with a top speed of about 130 km/h. A full charge will take five hours, but a charge for 25 kilometers can be accomplished in five minutes. Perhaps no great shakes technologically, but exactly the type of vehicle to help usher in clean-energy fueled transport, a la the Swedish plan. Bolloré last year showed a prototype of the boxy all-electric Bluecar - but with Pininfarina, designer of Ferrari and Maserati models as well as Miles Rubin's all-electric Javlon sedan on board, the Sintesi is sure to have a bit more flair. Via ::Bolloré and ::Pininfarina