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Frankfurt 2009: Peugeot BB1 Electric Concept

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Peugeot has unveiled the BB1 electric concept car at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.

BB1 concept manages to cram four passengers into a car that’s 2.5-metres long – even shorter than the tardis-like Toyota iQ – through a smart configuration that allows rear passengers to wrap their legs around the front occupants.

BB1 is powered Power by two rear-mounted in-wheel electric motors co-developed with Michelin with a total output of 15Kw (20bhp). Michelin has been working on this technology for several years.

Its top speed is currently 56 mph and range is 75 miles (120km) from its under-seat lithium-ion batteries.
The BB1 has a tiny 3.5m turning circle and is small enough to park head-on to the pavement, Smart Fortwo-style. It should be fun to drive: it weighs only 600kg including batteries, and Peugeot says that it'll do 0-19mph in 2.8 seconds and 19-37mph in 4 seconds, giving it plenty of oomph around town.
High-tech features include all-LED front headlights, rear-view cameras (in place of door mirrors), internet access, sat nav, phone connection and MP3 inputs. And the BB1's eco-credentials are enhanced further by its solar panels, which collect energy to power the ventilation and cabin air filter systems, reducing the demands on the batteries.

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