built up a lot of experience in the area of
research into small, urban transport
vehicles; its realised projects include the
Metrocube (top) in 1999, Nido (middle) in
2004 and Etabeta in 1996.
will begin converting its San Giorgio plant to produce
the electric car it is developing in partnership with
the Bolloré Group and which it plans to market in
Europe, Japan and the United States, reported
Automotive News Europe this week.
“By the end of the year, production of the Alfa Romeo
Spider and Brera will move from San Giorgio to Bairo,”
Pininfarina CEO Sergio Angori told Automotive News
Europe. The Bairo factory currently assembles the
Mitsubishi Colt CZC and the Ford Focus coupé-cabriolet
and comfortably has the capacity to absorb the
low-volume production demanded by the two Alfa Romeo
that pre-production versions of the electric 'city' car
will be built towards the end of next year before full
production gets underway in September 2010. Around 2,000
units will be built that year with full annual
production of 15,000 units being reached during 2013.
The car is a 50-50 joint venture between Pininfarina,
which has built up a lot of knowledge in the research
and development of compact city transportation vehicles,
and the 6 billion euro valued French industrial
conglomerate, Bolloré Group, which is a world-leader in
battery technology. The car will be branded and sold
across the world under the Pininfarina name.
yet-unnamed car, which will be the result of a 150
million euro investment by the two partners, will debut
in concept car form at the Paris Motor Show in October.
The production version will debut in March 2009 at the
Geneva motor show said ANE.
four-seat electric car, which is set to bring completely
new levels of comfort and usability to this growing
segment, will have a normal range of 155 miles and a
product life cycle of over 124,000 miles. As with most
other electric cars it will be rechargable via a normal
household electrical socket, with a 5-hour charge time,
although a quick five minute charge will carry it 15
Pininfarina electric car is expected to be priced at
more than 15,000 euros. This price most likely will not
include batteries, which are to be leased-adds ANE. The
car will feature battery technology that Bolloré has
been developing over the past 15 years.
Bolloré’s lithium metal polymer technology differs from
traditional lithium-ion technology. Each battery cell is
electronically protected by passive and active systems,
which constantly monitor operating efficiency, voltage
and temperature of each element. The cells are also
encased in a steel container to prevent damage,
concludes the newspaper.