Vision for 2014: For Peugeot, the mobile future is transparent

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For Peugeot, the mobile future is transparent

Vision for 2014: For Peugeot, the mobile future is transparent-vision

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Please get in and don’t be surprised: the Peugeot BB1 is a 2.50 meter short city vehicle with an electric drive that looks surprising both inside and out.

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The electric motors sit in the wheels, which is why the tiny one actually has four seats, even if the rear ones are extremely cramped.

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With its 20 hp, the BB1 ​​is surprisingly fast and agile. You can go 60 km / h in seven seconds.

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From the rear, too, the design emphasizes the spherical shape of the car of the future. The free-standing taillights are also striking.

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Drivers have to rethink: Accelerate and brake with a twist grip, controlled with a handlebar.

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So Peugeot wants to market the BB1 ​​in three to four years: A perky mixture of car and motorcycle, purely electric, with reversed doors and space for four people.

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The BB1 ​​is a mixture of electric scooter and car, diving bell and future car. On the street, however, it takes some getting used to.

GLas balls, or so the usual hocus-pocus would at least lead us to believe, are a window into the future. What is little more than a beautiful illusion at the fair could actually apply to the Peugeot BB1. Because the small car with the generous view, shown for the first time last September at the IAA in Frankfurt, is actually something like the ambassador from another time and serves the French as a playground for a new model with which they want to counter the Smart from 2013 or 2014. The chances of this are not bad. After all, the production model will only be available as a Stromer. And where only two people can sit in the Bonsai-Benz, four people can fit in with Peugeot if necessary.

At first glance, the only 2.50 meter short BB1 looks like a Smart with roof damage. Opposing doors and a strangely bulging glass dome that sits like a diving bell on the body break all conventions. There are also free-standing taillights, striking headlights and strange struts on the flanks. If many Peugeots are drowned in the crowd, this car is really unmistakable.

Inside, the BB1 ​​is surprisingly light and airy – at least in the first row. You sit with your legs apart on the narrow armchair as if you were riding a motorcycle, with plenty of space for your head, knees and elbows. At the rear, however, it looks different: Although two humps in the roof guarantee the necessary crown height, you feel like a pike in a goldfish bowl between the rear wall and the backrest of the person in front.

In order to create space for four passengers in such a small area, the French have banished the electric motor to the wheels. The two "Active Wheels" from Michelin have a combined power of only 20 hp, so that the car is still considered a quad and can be driven with a class S driving license, for example. But the two Stromers bring the motley kissing ball surprisingly fast.

It is up to 30 km / h in less than three seconds and 60 km / h after seven seconds. And the lithium-ion batteries last for 120 kilometers. If you really accelerate, the 600 kilo light BB1 almost becomes a cannonball. But be careful: drivers have to rethink and steer the car like a scooter: You accelerate and brake with a twist grip and steer with a handlebar instead of a steering wheel. There are no pedals, and the gear selector is a switch on the steering wheel – hardly bigger than a 2 euro coin. With a little practice, however, the car, developed together with the engineers of the Peugeot scooter, turns into a speedster that turns every mini looks old. It’s not for nothing that its turning circle is just 3.5 meters.

So although there is much to be said for the BB1, despite all the love for progress, the car will not go into series production, at least in this form. A carbon body for small cars has so far been priceless, the design arouses attention, but no longing, and the operation should also become an inhibition threshold for those who switch. But the French do not allow themselves to be discouraged and promise: "With the concept of the BB1 ​​we are developing a new city vehicle between car and motorcycle: 2.50 meters short, purely electric and with space for four people." They only want what it looks like not yet revealed. Maybe a look into the crystal ball will help.

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