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The BlueCar electric car by Pininfarina and Bolloré

European car makers Pininfarina and Bolloré have created BlueCar, a hybrid vehicle powered by lithium-polymer batteries. According to the car makers the first units of this electric car will be delivered in about a year. Leases for the BlueCar will be available in six European countries at a cost of €330 per month.

BlueCar will be able to be charged from a standard domestic main socket and will have a range of 250 km (153 miles). The car will have a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) and will feature potent acceleration, reaching 60 km/h from a standing start (0 to 37 mph) in 6.3 seconds. According to Pininfarina and Bollore the BlueCar will be able to run about 30 km (20 miles) on only a charge of a few minutes. The car will also be equipped with solar panels on the roof to help power the electrical equipments as well as its heating and air-conditioning system. Critics say the solar panels are a cool addition to the car but that it will make the car more expensive.

The lithium-polymer battery inside the BlueCar, also called LMP, will have an expected lifetime of about 200,000km (125,000 miles). BlueCar is also equipped with a battery pack and supercapacitors to capture energy when the car is braking

"In an electric car, supercapacitors draw and store energy generated while the car is braking and feed it back into the system when the car moves off again. The result is greater acceleration, increased range and a longer lifespan for the car's battery."

The seat covers are leather-like covers produced from vegetable sources. The BlueCar will be, according to early plans, only available in France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain and Switzerland. Production numbers are set to 10,000 cars in 2010, 20,000 in 2011 and 30,000 in 2012.

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This seems like a cool new hybrid. I think that the lease option is a good marketing move for them. Here in the US with the economy continuing downward, people are likely to be tentative investing in new technology flat out. But being able to lease a Blue Car will let consumers gain confidence in the product without having to go out on a limb and invest fully right away. Fortunately, this economic situation has made more people in the US consider how "green" their lifestyles are. At about $550 per month, the Blue Car should be attractive alternative to the $795/mo. Range Rover that I have seen advertised recently. Ethan, Sustain Brain sustainbrain.blogspot.com

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I'll have to give it to Pininfarina they've taken their legendary sports car background and applied it to a pretty sexy electric car. It certainly looks like the car of the future, I am definitely excited to see how the automotive industry will evolve in the next few decades. I don't know that I'd call 0-37mph in 6.3 seconds "potent acceleration" though, but it is a good start.

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Wow! This car is so cool looking. I mean, it’s a bit weird, but it reminds me of something from a movie. It’s like a robot car that would be in a Will Smith movie. I really like the headlights! Cars just keep getting cooler and cooler

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This project car seems too good to be true from perspective: its cheap and very environment friendly and it also has some amazing performance charts. If this car will hit the market, I will surely buy one.

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I really like this design and I think it could make an affordable efficient EV.If Bollore becomes a majority owners of a electric automobile company, Pininfarina would still have the right to yield cars for a group.

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I think that this is the best among all the electric cars available. Large and spacious, good model with all essential functionalities, protection and what else is needed. Yes, there is one more thing, what is the highest speed and load capacity of this car?

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Electric car are already introduced in the market and as far as I know few people have this. It is expensive than the other cars but it is much efficient. This car is Eco-friendly also.

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