The production version Bluecar EV unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year is a go, scheduled to hit the streets in 2011 with almost 6,000 orders already in hand, the chief executive of Italy’s Pininfarina said in a recent interview.
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).
BMI points out that the launch falls in line with its broader strategy to exit contract manufacturing from 2011 and focus exclusively on building EVs, as revealed in January this year.