Pininfarina and Bollore will start working together in a special project meant to produce a serial line of an electric vehicle which aims for the mass market. Programmed to hit the market by the end of next year, the car promises to have such technical features and a very good looking and original styling that it will sure be a great attraction.
The car will be developed in Turin and will be powered by Bollore proprietary LMP technology, making use of a combination of batteries and supercapacitors produced in different Bollore's plants. Named the Pininfarina B0, the new model will be a completely electric car with zero CO2 emissions and its batteries will be fitted in a special place designed for them under the car between its axles, lowering the centre of gravity.
The electric car will be a four seats model, with four-door hatchback and automatic gearbox.Its top speed will be limited to 130km/h (80 mph) and will reach 100km/h (60mph) in just 6.3 sec. Also the range will be a good improvement among the electric cars: 250 km or 124 miles.
The original element comes from the solar panels located on the roof and hood, which will help recharge the electric power reserve.
B0's LMP batteries are specifically designed to combat air pollution and to minimize noise that negatively affects the quality of urban life. Supercapacitors, developed by the Bolloré Group, are energy storage components that help boost acceleration while recycling power.
They draw and store the energy generated when the car brakes. This power is fed back to the vehicle once it moves again. As a result, the car runs with greater acceleration and range and the battery's lifespan is prolonged. Powered by the unique combination of BatScap's LMP batteries and Bolloré's supercapacitors, the B0 gets a range of more than 250 km. With a top speed of 130 km/h, the electric car offers excellent and safe driving experience.
B0 does not yield any pollution because it is 100% electrically powered. To stay true to this, the process of generating the electricity consumed by the electric car must also not have produced any pollution. Consequently, the production team developed the B0 to be open to every possible solution that will optimize its energy efficiency and use of pure energy sources. Its roof and a segment of its hood are built with solar panels that provide further energy resource for the vehicle.
Materials used for the B0 were carefully selected in order to come up with a genuine environment-friendly electric car. From interior to exterior, the materials are either recyclable or reusable. The Bolloré Group is also working on straight-forward panels of photovoltaic cells that can be installed by mere individuals in public places. This allows drivers to partially or fully recharge the electric car's batteries with the use of solar energy.
The two leading industrial groups developed the LMP batteries and supercapacitors at the research center of Bolloré's production site at Ergué Gabéric. These are the products of a research effort founded on Bolloré's core activities. The Group js the world's top producer of ultra-thin extruded films, which are used in building capacitors.
The success of the effort led to the formation of its BatScap subsidiary about 15 years ago. Today, BatScap workers enjoy access to the world's most advanced laboratories and facilities that house over 120 engineers, researchers, and technicians.