Bolloré 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 not be a prototype. It 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, a joint venture formed by the two family-owned groups, the B0 electric car will be powered by Bolloré’s proprietary LMP technology, using a combination of batteries and supercapacitors manufactured in Bolloré’s plants in Quimper, France and Montreal, Canada.
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 body styled by Pininfarina, Italy’s renowned vehicle design shop, the B0 electric is a four-seater, four-door hatchback with an automatic gearbox.
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.
LMP battery technology
For the past 30 years, the group has been the world’s leading producer of components for capacitors.
Thanks to its acquired know-how in extruded polymers and the storage of electrical energy, Bolloré has been working for 15 years through its subsidiary, Batscap, to develop a solid-state lithium polymer battery.
Another key benefit is its unmatched safety while in operation. Added to that, the B0 electric car does not emit any exhaust gases, nor any fine particles.
The batteries of the B0 also contribute to reducing noise, another nuisance which affects people’s quality of life in urban environments.
For instance, the B0 is fitted with supercapacitors, sophisticated energy storage components developed by the Bolloré Group, which enable he car to store and recycle the energy that is generated while braking.
The result is greater acceleration, increased range and a longer lifespan for the car’s battery.
The electric cars powered by BatScap’s LMP batteries and supercapacitors have a range of over 250 km. They are fast (with a top speed of 130 km/h), pleasant to drive, safe, and long-lasting.
The car’s roof and part of its hood are covered with high-performance solar panels which help power some of its equipment.
The Bolloré Group is also in the process of developing straight-forward panels of photovoltaic cells which might be installed by individuals or in public places to fully or partly recharge the B0 electric car’s batteries using solar energy.