All electric and coming with brand new lithium polymer battery, the B0 (or B Zero) has a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles), a top speed of 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph).
Dubbed the best-looking small car by the Car Tech blog, this is typically the kind of car we would like to drive when the train, the bus or the bike can’t be used.
According to EcoGeek :
The four-seater, four-door hatchback has a 153-mile (246 kilometres) range and a top governed speed of 80 mph (129 kilometres per hour) and nifty looking solar panels build into the roof and hood.
Originally conceptualized in 2004 as a two-door model, the B0 today has added more doors and shrunken the battery size.
The B0’s secret weapon is its lithium polymer (LMP) battery, which is paired with an ultracapacitor. The latter stores energy and allows for regenerative braking and acceleration capabilities.
The battery can recharge in a few hours and, although not confirmed, early pricing reports place it around $23,000 – not including the price of leasing the lithium-ion battery packs.
Best of all, B0 is not a prototype but an actual production model. More will roll out of its Turin factory by the end of 2009.
This reminds me of the C-Cactus [Fr], a hybrid prototype presented last year by the French car maker Citroen, equally good looking.