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Styling house Pininfarina and battery/supercapacitor manufacturer Bolloré have teamed up to bring B0, an all-electric vehicle, to market by the "end of 2009." Pininfarina-Bolloré, as the joint venture is called, will use Bolloré's "proprietary LMP technology," which is corporate-speak for the firm's combo of batteries and supercapacitors, to handle the vehicle's energy storage and delivery.
Batteries and supercapacitors will come from Bollore's plants in Quimper, France, and Montreal, Canada. Pininfarina-Bolloré point out that unlike some other electric vehicles, the B0 will be designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, and will of course produce no carbon dioxide emissions. Batteries will be underslung and between the axles, lowering the vehicle's center of gravity and "providing it with outstanding road-holding properties."
Pininfarina lends its styling hand to the four-seat, hatchback design. The Italian design house will incorporate solar panels into the B0's roof and hood, making it that much more in touch with the environment and perhaps increasing its range on sunny days.
B0 features "potent" acceleration, according to the firm, who seems to have invented a new standard in the drag race wars: 0-37 mph. It will accomplish this feat, they say, in 6.3 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 80 mph, and the LMP battery provides a range of 153 miles and is rechargable "in a matter of hours from a standard domestic main socket."--Colin Mathews