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Monday, 20 April 2009

Pininfarina already has 3,300 reservation requests for Bluecar

Bolloré had the technology, with batteries that promise to be a milestone in electric vehicles, but did not have a nice package for them. Pininfarina has always been famous for its gorgeous designs, but not for electric car propulsio technology. When both companies decided to join forces, they came up with the B0, named BlueCar a while after that. And the car has received more than 3,300 orders in just one month.

The Pininfarina BlueCar is 3.65 m long, 1.72 m wide and 1.60 m tall and presents a luggage compartment of 200 l. It is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 6.3 s and presents a top speed of 130 km/h, electronically limited in order to give the car a range of 250 km. All that in a vehicle that has electric power steering, ABS, airbags and air conditioning.

Apart from these items, BlueCar also presents some interesting features, such as the lithium-metal-polymer batteries (or LMP), which do not contain liquids, but polymer layers acting between the element that generate electricity inside the batteries. They are, according to Bolloré, five times lighter than traditional batteries and can be used for over 200,000 km. A full charge takes four hours, while a fast charge (10 to 20 minutes) can give the car range for city travels. In the top of the car, photovoltaic cells provide extra energy. For the supercapacitors, which help in cases in which the car needs more power, such as trespassing, energy comes from braking, a nice way not to lose all of it in heat.

When the car production starts, in 2010, both companies hope to be able to produce 10,000 units. By 2015, production would hopefully be by 60,000 units a year. If orders keep coming at the same pace, they shall have to speed things up.

Source: AutoBlog Green

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