Frankfurt 2009: Peugeot BB1

* Battery-powered 'car' * Urban four-seater * Solar panels on roof...

15 September 2009
Frankfurt 2009: Peugeot BB1

What is it?
Transport for four people wrapped up in a tiny and environmentally friendly package.

The BB1 is just 2.5 metres long and weighs 600 kilos only. It is powered by two electric motors mounted on the rear axles, that produce 19bhp each.

Despite being low-powered, the BB1 can get up to city cruising speeds (20mph) in just 2.8 seconds and travel up to 75 miles.

Is it a car?
Interesting point! There are no pedals and no steering wheel. It has 'handle bars' that would look more at home on one of Peugeot's mopeds, while it also has a tubular chassis designed by Peugeot motorcycles, too. Hmm...

However, it can carry up to four people, who can get in and out of the 'car' via reverse-opening doors.

There are solar panels on the car's roof that help power some of the BB1's functions. The panels have been developed with the Ocean Vital foundation.

Both have entered into an agreement to support research and development into renewable energy technology, so expect more solar panels from Peugeot over the coming years.