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Posted on April 8, 2011 by  & 

Concept-derived Bluecar EV produced through leased business operations

At the forthcoming Electric Vehicles Land Sea Air event in Stuttgart in June, electric aircraft will be covered by the University of Michigan and exhibitor ETH Zurich, electric boats by Kopf Solarschiff and Callender Designs and solar power on cars by ASOLA, with IDTechEx presentations covering the photovoltaic technologies and ten year market forecasts as well as use of solar energy by electric Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Indeed, fuel cell manufacturer Intelligent Energy will present and it has put fuel cells in solar Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs.
Italian automotive company Pininfarina is offering its resources to electric vehicle production by leasing their business operations, which is currently at the preliminary contractual stage. It has developed a solar enhanced pure electric car.
The generation of this contact will allow agreed contractual partners Cecomp, based in Italy, and fellow French firm the Bollore Group to manufacture 4,000 EVs for French start-up company Autolib through Pininfarina's leased business operations. The EVs will be derived from the Bluecar EV concept first showcased at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.
Although no specifications have yet been released regarding the production Bluecar, a degree of approximation can be gained via the details of the 2008 prototype. This vehicle was described as a compact MPV powered by Lithium Metal Polymer batteries whilst bonnet and roof-mounted solar panels provide energy for ancillary operations and accessories. The battery supply can be monitored from distance with a portable device that also enables the driver to trigger its pre-heating, enabling a swift start-up time.
Autolib will begin trading in October 2011 with the $14 million contract commencing at the end of the year. The company will operate in 40 French provinces, including Paris, offering car sharing on a 'roll and pay' basis. The leased business operations will include Pininfarina's Bairo Canavese Plant in northern Italy and all associated equipment and machinery, plus 57 production employees.
Pininfarina have been involved with electric vehicles since 2008 when they partnered with the Bollore Group to form the Vehicules Electriques Pininfarina-Bollore company.
which has now been renamed from Future of Electric Vehicles to reflect its unique covering of the whole subject.
References: Pininfarina, Bollore Group, Autolib
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