Bolloré Brings Road-Ready BlueCar EV to Geneva; Plans to Build More
7 March 2006
|Bolloré’s Bluecar EV.|
The Bolloré Group, through its subsidiary BatScap, brought a road-ready prototype of its BlueCar lithium-ion electric city car to this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The BlueCar made its debut as a concept car at the Geneva show last year. (Earlier post.)
In the year since its introduction as a concept, the BlueCar has logged tests on different tracks to validate its performance specs: a range of around 250 kilometers (155 miles), a top speed of 125 km/h (78 mph), acceleration from 0 to 60 km/h (37 mph) in 6.3 seconds and a six-hour recharge.
The BlueCar is a “a concept-car designed around a battery,” according to the company—a product designed to highlight the potential of the company’s lithium-ion battery technology.
The BlueCar uses a 30 kW electric motor powered by a 28 kWh lithium-ion battery pack positioned at the center of the car under the seats and in front of the rear axle.
The Bolloré Group will build six more BlueCar prototypes in 2006. The company is investing €150 million to build a new production site in Brittany with an eventual planned capacity of 10,000 battery systems a year.
The company thinks it could hit a €20,000 (US$23,800) price-point for the BlueCar with the help of grants of around €2,000 to €3,000.
|Peak Power||50 kW|
|Constant power||30 kW|
|Max. torque||170 Nm|
|Max battery voltage||274V|
|Min. battery voltage||243V|
|Battery pack||28 kWh|
|Battery weight||<:240 kg|
|Full recharge||6 hours|
|Express recharge||A few minutes for 20 km|
|Max speed||125 km/h|
|Average range||200–250 km|
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