Pininfarina B0 – first electric from Pininfarina. image

Well this is the first time when Pininfarina designs a electric vehicle. And is not an concept – at the end of 2009 first car will be ready.

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.

With a speed of 130 km/h electronically limited, the B0 electric car will be an four-seater, four-door hatchback with an automatic gearbox. The B0 will also feature solar panels on its roof and hood, so as to help recharge its electrical power reserves.

The power will come from a battery witch not require any maintenance and has a lifespan of around 200,000 km (125,000 miles).

The car’s roof and part of its hood are covered with highperformance solar panels which help power some of its equipment. It goes without saying that a responsible environmental approach must be coherent throughout. Which is why all the materials used to build the car’s body, battery and interior trim have been carefully selected for their low environmental impact. All are recyclable or reusable. 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.