The lithium-polymer battery, which they call the LMP, has an expected lifetime of about 200,000km (125,000 miles) and requires no maintenance. Unlike most other electric cars, the B0 has a battery pack and supercapacitors to help it better capture energy when using regenerative braking.
According to Pininfarina:
In an electric car, supercapacitors draw and store energy generated while the car is braking and feed it back into the system when the car moves off again. The result is greater acceleration, increased range and a longer lifespan for the car's battery.
Indeed, capacitors don't deteriorate when they are charged/discharged, so using them for some of the regenerative braking/acceleration cycles can help increase the life of the chemical battery pack.
The LMP pack will be manufactured in Quimper, France and Montreal, Canada.
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Where Will the B0 Electric Car be Available?
So far, there are plans for France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain and Switzerland. The U.S. might be added to the list someday, though probably not for a couple years. Production numbers are: 10,000 cars in 2010, 20,000 in 2011 and 30,000 units in 2012.
Via AutoblogGreen, Pininfarina
Photos: Pininfarina & Bolloré
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