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Italy: Italian EV Uses UltraCapacitor Technology to Assist Energy Storage and Retrieval:BLUECAR

At the beginning of 2008 Pininfarina and Bolloré set up a 50-50 joint venture with the goal of designing, developing, manufacturing and distributing an electric car with revolutionary technical features and formal qualities. The company considers the BLUECAR, to be not a mere concept car but a forerunner of the vehicle which will go into production in Italy at Pininfarina starting from 2010. Production on a commercial scale will take place between 2011 and 2017, with the forecasted output by 2015 being about 60,000 units.

The vehicle was conceived as a four-seater five-door with an automatic transmission. The BLUECAR is powered by LMP (Lythium Metal Polymere) batteries, combined with an ultracapacitor (device for energy storage ) which is manufactured in the Bolloré plants at Quimper (Francia) and Montreal (Canada). The onboard supercapacitor retrieves and stores energy during braking and makes it available when the vehicle re-starts. This design provides for greater acceleration, an increased range and longer lifespan for the car’s battery.

The LMP battery can be recharged at a traditional mains plug and range is 250 km. At equivalent weight, this battery stores five times more energy than a traditional type and recharges in just a few hours. As it does not require any maintenance, it has a life-span of about 200,000 km and is reported to provide unparalleled safety. The battery is housed below the floorpan and between the two axles. Due to its low centre of gravity, the handling of the vehicle is reportedly outstanding.



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