and Pininfarina have entered into a partnership featuring all the
expertise required to launch serial production of an electric car
which, thanks to its technical characteristics and its attractive
styling, is bound to make waves in motoring circles.
This car will be a mass production
model, with the first units coming off the production line at the
end of 2009, after which production will be ramped up gradually
based on the availability of the batteries. Built in Turin by
Pininfarina-Bolloré, the B0 will be a fully-electric vehicle without
any carbon dioxide production, having been designed from the ground
up with that aim in mind. Its batteries will be housed in a
compartment specially designed for that purpose and located under
the car, between its axles, lowering its centre of gravity and
providing it with outstanding road-holding properties.
With its superb body styled by
Pininfarina, Italy’s renowned vehicle design shop, the B0 electric
car will be an elegant four-seater, four-door hatchback with an
automatic gearbox. 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 B0 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 B0 will also feature solar panels on its
roof and hood, so as to help recharge its electrical power reserves.