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Pininfarina B0 (B Zero)

While we've known for some time that an electric car would be forthcoming from the partnership between the fabled firm of Pininfarina and the French industrial giant Bolloré, the two companies have avoided any embarrassing premature publication of photos until the predetermined moment at the Paris Motor Show. Any speculation that the final product resulting from the French-Italian marriage might be beautiful but impractical or just plain French ugly can now be put to rest. When this sophisticated four-seater, four-door hatchback rolled out of the factory in Turin we can imagine dark clouds parting and a spotlight of sunshine beaming down to illuminate the B0 (pronounced "B Zero") with a voice, not unlike that of Homer (the donut-eating yellow guy, not the Greek poet), intoning thunderously with lots of reverb, "Sweeeet."

And sweet it is! After thousands of miles of testing with the BlueCar platform, the companies have refined that technology in this new design and hit all of their performance benchmarks including a 153-mile range and a top governed speed of 80 Mph. Although the advanced solar panels built into the roof and hood are quick to catch the eye with their high tech appearance, the real secret weapon in this city car is the lithium polymer "LMP" battery matched up with a supercapacitor. The elegant energy storage component not only allows for excellent regenerative braking and acceleration capabilities but also extends the life of the battery. It is stressed that the B0 is not a concept car or a prototype but an actual production model that will be built in Turin by the end of 2009. The Pininfarina-branded B0 is dedicated to the memory of Andrea Pininfarina who was a big believer in this project.



[Source: Pininfarina]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm following this exciting project for a couple of years now. Here are some fresh news coming from 'Le Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris':
      - The Bo should be made available at approx. 20.000 / 25.000 EUR.
      - The Li-Polymer batteries are now mass-produced in France (Britany), and in Canada (Montréal), following a recent venture between Bolloré and Hydro-Quebec. According to the group, these batteries are 5 times more efficient than classical Li bats (in terms of Power/Weight ratio). Those are dry batteries, which apparently eliminates all risks of collapsing (I'm a bit scepticle on this one...)
      - A target of 1.000 to 4.000 units production for 2009, sold in Europe, Asia and North-Ams (for North-Ams, there are rumors about a first test-market in Quebec, California and Florida... not confirmed by the group yet). Based on the 2009 results, the production could reach +20,000 units in 2010.
      - According to the enginners, the top speed is 'electronically limitated' to 130 km/h (80 mph)
      - The rumors saying Bolloré would rent its batteries have been denied during the show by Vincent Bolloré, as the mass-production process significantly reduced the costs of these batteries : the Bolloré Group. owns a unic license of these Lithium/Polymer batteries (produced by 'Batscap'), so the price should include everything.
      - In quick-charge mode, 5mn of power refill would allow the car to run approx. 25 kms,
      - The initial prototypes of the B0 (the ugly 'Blue Car' 1 & 2...), have reach more than 220.000 kms with their original battery packs, with no maintenance.
      - The B0 is designed to be refilled on every domestic power plug
      - Additional information reg. the final price, and orders availabilities will be revealed during the Turin Auto Show, in March 09 at the latest. Many rumors say the car would be sold on the Internet first.

      your thougths ?

      (Pls, forgive my poor english guys, I'm just a frog living in Montreal)
        • 3 Months Ago
        Dear BLT,
        Do you perhaps know where the B0 will be put for sale first? (Geneve or Turin?)
        Because i'm a European i want to get my hands on one of the first load of cars and maybe making the trip to one of the 2 shows.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Hi FVO,
        My mistake : the car will be produced in Turin, but the show will take place @ Geneva ( http://www.salon-auto.ch),

        According to Bolloré's Group, the car might also be for sale directly on the Internet ... I guess on the pininfarina website (?...)

        Before traveling to this show, you might double check if these information are still valid, as many announcements are being made those days, and finaly a very few are real. Again, the Pinifarina's website might be the best source of information.

        Would you kindly follow up with me/us if you decide to move forward on this buy ?

        Regards,

        BLT

      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear BLT,
      Do you perhaps know where the B0 will be put for sale first? (Geneve or Turin?)
      Because i'm a European i want to get my hands on one of the first load of cars and maybe making the trip to one of the 2 shows.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Scott K. You will... The car will be available in Europe, USA and Japan in 2010. The price should be around 20000 € as reported from some press sources here in Italy
        • 3 Months Ago
        $27k US, I would definitely buy one if it were available here.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Can someone post a source/link that verifies the plans on this car coming to the US?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Subtle beauty, except the blinding tailights.
      Nothing like thoroly , quietly, thinking thru .
      • 6 Years Ago
      The italian ecoblog.it site says it will be priced 25,000 EUR (34,125 USD at the current change rate).

      Don't know where they got their information from, though.

      http://www.ecoblog.it/post/6895/b0-lauto-elettrica-di-pininfarina-tra-un-anno-sul-mercato/
      • 6 Years Ago
      As Domenick said: SWEEEET
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting ... looks a lot like the South African Joule (Optimal Energy) that was also unveiled at the Paris Show, except the Joule is a 6 passenger as opposed to a 4. As a father with a wife and 4 children, I'll have to go with the Joule.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL @ the emblem covering some solar cells.
        • 3 Months Ago
        LOL...right...
        Seen this one on the top of the roof ?
        http://www.autoblog.it/galleria/parigi-live-2008-lo-stand-pininfarina/12

        I guess they'll have to redesign these details...
        • 3 Months Ago
        You're right, but that is a minor design blunder that is easily fixed. Just move the emblem up about 20 cm should do it.

        The rest of the design is great. It is a good balance of performance, range, and cost.

        I suspect that the solar panels will be an extra cost option, as it doesn't add that much power but it does add extra cost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks great, they only problem is that I may have to move to Europe in order to get one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mmmm... B-O. Oh wait, that's not right...

      I like it. Too bad none of us Americans will ever get a chance to even think about buying it.
        • 3 Months Ago
        Yeah, that name is a bit embarrassing in English speaking countries. Maybe they can change it to "B00", as it is sure to scare the oil companies!
        • 3 Months Ago
        It,s 'B-Zero' indeed. Hopefully ;)
        • 3 Months Ago
        Had they asked, I would have suggested the null symbol so that you could still say B Zero without any of the connotations.

        BØ
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, nice specs. Costs? Anyone know if there's a chance in hell of this coming to the States?
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