Peugeot Partners with Bolloré on Convertible Electric Car
The last highway-capable electric car convertible EV World saw was a short-lived version of the Th!nk City called the Open. At the time the North American operations manager for Th!nk, Vicki Northrup exclaimed "America is ready for this." Unfortunately, we weren't. Not at that point in time more than a decade ago. The company went bust, though some of the cars are still out there working fine, as we recently learned from an owner in Indiana.
Maybe now the French are ready for a convertible electric car, in this case the Bolloré Bluesummer, a four passenger model based on the company's Bluecar. Used in Paris' Autolib carshare system, the Bluecar soon will be starting operations across the channel in London.
An initial 3,500 units of the Bluesummer, pictured above, will be built by PSA Peugeot Citroen at its Rennes assembly plant in western France. This mirrors an earlier agreement with Renault who will build the Bluecar, which previously had been assembled in Italy.
According to the World Car Fan website, "The Bluesummer uses the same 50 kW electric motor and 30 kWh battery pack as the Bluecar which runs the 0-60 km/h (0-37 mph) sprint in 6.3 seconds and tops out at an electronically-capped 120 km/h (75 mph)."
Production will begin in September at a rate of 15 vehicles per day. PSA will also sell the cars, as well as promote Bollore's carshare system.
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