2008 Pininfarina B0 concept, the basis for the Bluecar - Click above for high-res image gallery

Bolloré has reportedly decided to hurry up and get the Bluecar ready for 2010, which is when France plans to start subventing the purchase of electric vehicles. Speaking at a press conference introducing the car's new battery pack (which is being made at BatScap's factory in Ergué-Gaberic, France), Vincent Bolloré says the first cars are going to be manufactured in March and will be delivered in June.

This is six months later than expected, and it's reportedly a consequence of the global economic crisis. The good news is that the lease plan is still valid – the BlueCar is going to be leased for €330 per month (about $485 USD) with a minimum contract of three months. Current reservations top 6,400 applications, but only 1,000 models are expected to be built next year. As a refresher, the Bluecar / Pininfarina B0 is powered by an electric motor with 68 horsepower (50 kW) and uses a lithium polymer battery pack to provide a range of about 155 miles (250 kilometers).

[Source: Le Blog Auto]

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