Peugeot has unveiled the BB1 Concept car which is not really a car. Dubbed "a totally new solution to the current and future needs of urban mobility", the BB1 combines the utility of a car and the flexibility of a quad bike.
It can sit four people even though it is only 2.5 metres long. Part of the reason for its spaciousness is that there are no foot pedals and the driver sits in a novel, more vertical position. Future mobility will be greatly affected by traffic congestion and as such a car like the BB1 needs to be manoeuvrable. So compact is the car that it has a turning circle of 3.5m and can even park perpendicular to the pavement. An innovative way of gaining some width was the replacement of exterior mirrors with rear-view cameras. The doors open in reverse.
Two electric motors on each of the rear wheels provide the maximum power output of 15kW (20hp) - or 7.5 kW per motor for a performance of 0 - 19mph in 2.8 seconds. The two lithium-ion battery packs located under the right and left-hand rear seats give it a range of 121km (75 miles). That is 121km of zero-emission driving.
The body is built from a carbon fibre structure and weighs less than 600kg (1323 lbs) in total. It has car-like technical features such as a double-wishbone front and rear suspension and electric power steering. A great highlight is the double bubble roof which not only increases headroom but is also layered in solar panels that operate in daylight to keep the car ventilated.
As a future study interior interactive technologies are a must for the BB1. As such you get a multi-function colour display that links the phone, navigation system, internet access, the radio and MP3 player.
The Peugeot BB1 Concept car is at the Frankfurt Motor Show.