When we told you in October about Pininfarina’s planned new electric vehicle, everything sounded great except for the name: the B0. It’s B-Zero, we explained. The Zero stands for “zero emissions”, since the car is electric, you see. No, no, it’s not “BO”, though that is pretty funny.
In other words, when this blogger read that Pininfarina had renamed its darling the “Bluecar”, he was much relieved. Because Pininfarina is making some exciting claims about the new technology; technology which doesn’t deserve to be stuck with a name like B0. Technology like the lithium polymer battery pack, which will boast a range of 150 miles on a full charge, and 20 miles on a several-minute charge. Technology like an ultracapacitor which will relieve the battery of some of its load, and extend its life. Technology like rooftop solar panels.
As Shakespeare would say, an EV by any other name would drive as well (and save as much gasoline). Nonetheless, I applaud the newly named Bluecar and eagerly await its market debut.
written by Erlan Romero, March 13, 2009
written by SolarLad, March 13, 2009
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