Peugeot BB1 to Make It into Production

Peugeot's wacky BB1 concept, presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, will get its chance at stardom after all, as it would appear the French manufacturer decided to produce the scooter-based vehicle. According to a report by WhatCar?, citing Peugeot design director Gilles Vidal, the production version BB1 will go on sale in 2012, 2013 at the latest.

The really interesting part about it is the fact that the French carmaker has decided to maintain the uncanny looks seen on the concept. The trick remains however classifying the vehicle, as its scooter ancestry will make it difficult to say it's a car.

The concept is a full electric vehicle that can accommodate four passengers. The car is powered by electric motors installed in the rear wheels developed by Peugeot together with Michelin. The two motors have a maximum power of 20 hp each, allowing for a 0 to 30 km/h acceleration in 2.8 seconds and from 30 to 60 km/h in 4 seconds.

The motors draw their power from lithium-ion batteries that give it a total range of 120 km. Extra power is generated by solar panels developed by Ocean Vital. The panels give the BB1 enough juice to power the vehicle's systems.

The interior design of the BB1 allows for the rear passengers to be seated in tandem behind the driver, with the right front and rear seats adopting the same architecture.

The total weight of the vehicle, including batteries, is around 600 kg. With a length of 2.5 meters, the vehicle has all the chances of being classified as a car. Further details on the project are expected to surface soon.
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