Pininfarina BlueCar, developed by the Pininfarina-Bollore joint venture and shown for the first time during October last at Paris, has stirred up great interest already for the fact that it is innovative and is moving in the right direction, well ahead of the times.
Awareness on the need to act to protect the environment has been going global, and the EV segment has begun promising hybrid or totally electric vehicles like the Pininfarina BlueCar on a larger scale. It is estimated that initially 1.5-2 million electric vehicles will be introduced on the European market alone.
The concept shown last year featured a Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP) battery which gives it a range of up to 250 km (155 miles) on full charge. The EV races from 0-60 km/h (0-37 mph) in 6.3 seconds and reaches a limited top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph).
Pininfarina has plans to build BlueCars for France’s car sharing service Autolib as per agreements with Cecomp and Bollore. If all goes well, Autolib will offer the Bluecar for rent in Paris and 40 other municipalities starting in October 2011.