Pininfarina to Focus on Electric Car Manufacturing

In 2010, Pininfarnia will commence production of the B0 electric car, jointly developed with Bollore, as part of financial rescue effort.

Published: 01-Jan-2009

Italia's famed sports-car design house will cease to be countries only remaining contract manufacturer. The announcement is part of a framework agreement that the company is in the final stages of negotiating.

Pininfarina has had some hard times over the past years. Amidst loosing its losing its CEO, Andrea Pininfarina in a traffic accident back in August, the company faced a huge loss last year. Now creditor banks have approved a financial rescue for the company that saved it from the equivalent of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in the U.S.

Currently Pininfarina builds the Alfa Romeo Brera coupe and Spider and the Ford Focus coupe-cabriolet, but the company's production lines are running far below their capacity. The company will fulfill its existing contracts which expire in 2011 and will not seek any new manufacturing orders.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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