Pininfarina to Present New Electric Car in Paris
CAMBIANO, ITALY -- Italian automotive design powerhouse Pininfarina announced today that it will be presenting a concept electric car at the Paris motor show. The company has paired with French battery maker Bollore to build a four-door, four-seat small electric car that it will sell under its own brand name.
Following the concept's debut in a few weeks, Pininfarina plans to present a production model at next year's Geneva motor show and have the car on the roads of Europe, the U.S., and Japan by late 2010. On an eight-hour charge, the car will travel approximately 124 miles, though it can also make a 15.5-mile jaunt on just a five-minute charge. The companies plan to produce 2000 cars in 2010, 8000 in 2011, 11,000 in 2012, and be selling 15,000 cars per year by 2013 or 2014. To do it, the companies will each pay for half of a $222 million plan to market, distribute, and sell the cars.
Unlike other electric cars on or coming to the market, Pininfarina's car will use lithium-metal-polymer batteries, which keep each battery cell electronically protected by systems that monitor its operating efficiency, voltage, and temperature. All the batteries are encased in a steel container to protect them and the occupants in a crash.
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