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Launches EV based on VLV

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Leccy Tech Following Renault's recent launch of the odd looking Twizy at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot has stepped in with its own take on ‘eye catching’ electric city cars.

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Peugeot's BB1 is, well, odd looking

Apparently inspired by Peugeot’s electric VLV from the 1940s, the new all-electric BB1 represents the car firm’s view for the future of leccy-based urban mobility.

BB1 is powered by two Michelin-made 10kW/320Nm (13.4bhp/236lb/ft) in-wheel electric motors, which drive the vehicle’s rear wheels. The BB1 can scoot around at speeds of up to 56mph, Peugeot said, and has a maximum range of 75 miles.

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Peugeot based the BB1 on its VLV from the 1940s

Measuring 2.5m in length, the BB1 is slightly longer than Renault's Twizy.

But the BB1’s length comes at a price, because Peugeot has removed the pedals and put all driver controls on the steering yoke, raked the windscreen forwards and fitted rear-opening doors.

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BB1 will get to 20mph in under three seconds

The BB1’s two lithium-ion battery packs lurk under the front seats, Peugeot said.

Because it weighs just 600kg - including the 100kg battery pack, the BB1 will go from a standing to 20mph in less than three seconds. Peugeot promised that the car will then go from 20mph to 40mph in roughly four seconds.

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Peugeot hasn't said if the BB1 will ever go into production

Peugeot’s keeping mum about whether it will actually put the BB1 into production. But with Renault aiming to have a Twizy-like car on the road by 2012, we wouldn't bet against it. ®

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