• Oct 3, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Pininfarina B0

Pininfarina is the Italian design studio perhaps best known for penning almost every production Ferrari over the last half century. The firm, however, does much more than just design exotic sports cars. It has created bodies for more mainstream cars like Peugeots, Alfa Romeos and even Daewoos. The company's latest creation is a compact four-seat hatchback propelled by electrons. Pininfarina has formed a joint venture with French battery maker Bolloré to build this electric car.

The B0 uses a hybrid energy storage solution consisting of a 30 kWh lithium-polymer battery and a bank of super-capacitors. While the capacitors have very limited storage capacity, they can absorb and release energy much faster than a battery. That way more regenerative braking can be used and a bigger performance boost is available. Pininfarina hopes to start limited production late in 2009, ramping up volumes as batteries become more available and presumably affordable. The battery pack itself is claimed to have a lifespan of 125,000 miles. A single charge is expected to deliver 153 miles of driving with a maximum speed of 80 mph. Helping to extend the range a bit are solar cells in the roof and on the nose in the area that looks like a grille.


[Source: Pininfarina]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope those capacitors don't go POP, like capacitors sometimes do.

      It would be enough to blow up that little thing.

      Good luck, but I am still skeptical of chemical batteries, and giant capacitors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks awesome. I just wonder how that interior will work if it's not a concept only interior. Looks empty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      But does the B0 smell? M!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The BO has no emissions... oh the irony.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The future looks promising, if you like Mikey Mouse and Sponge Bob.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well I drive around on four wheels all the time, and I have a ... Oh, never mind.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It depends, if you like to be driven then yea. I on the other hand like TO drive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's better than driving around with a big p*n*s on four wheels.........

      • 6 Years Ago
      Typical fabulously awesome concept that'll never see production. Build them and everyone will want and buy them. Until then, who cares?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You did catch the part where they teamed up with a huge battery producer and are going to produce them next year right?

        "The B0, pronounced B Zero, is four-seat, four-door electric hatchback created in partnership with Bolloré and is not, repeat, not, a concept car. According to Pininfarina, the B0will be a mass production model, with the first units coming off the production line at the end of 2009" - jalop.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't it enough to suffer the possibility of winding up with BO in the Whitehouse without having to face BO in a car?
      Oder is what it is no matter how you try to market and package it. Just ask the U.S. Congress. They are trying to put lipstick on a pig, uh bailout package, and make us dumb American citizens smile at their creative abilities to solve problems they created in the first place. Uh, it is pronounced B-Zero? Ooops, my mistake.......................
        • 6 Years Ago
        Russell, you have sadly misunderstood my BO reference. I am referring to the Irish lad B. O'Bama.
        • 6 Years Ago
        By BO you mean BIG OIL right? Because thats what we have wound up with for 8 years now.
        More of the same is on the menu for MCSame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it were green, it would look like a Ninja Turtle from the front. Now that I look at that it that way, I want one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the most unfortunate thing about this vehicle is the name.

      repeat after me:
      Bee- Zero.
      ok.
      now try:
      Bee- Oh.

      "Hello, service department? Yeah, I've got a problem with my Bee-Oh."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those taillights are brutal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pininfarina should be doing everyone's small cars, this thing is far better than most manufacturers small car concepts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interesting that they mention a battery lifespan of 125,000 miles. Remember when your car was lucky to go 100,000 miles? Back in the day at about 70-80k miles it was time to start shopping. I wonder if those days are slowly returning. Since batteries usually die a slow death, this means less range and top MPH over time, so by 90-100k miles you might consider getting a new car as opposed to replacing the batteries?

      Right, wrong?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Futuristic Smart Car mixed with a little Renault. Somewhat cool, somewhat uninspired design. Overall just, eh. And stuffed with this much high-tech i would worry about conveniently located dealer network and ability to handle possible major warranty issues by such a small scale manufacturer. But a good effort nonetheless.
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