Bolloré, PSA Peugeot Citroën & a Problem with Electric Vehicles
This is the Bluesummer:
It is an electric vehicle. It was designed by Bolloré. It will be built in a PSA Peugeot Citroën plant in Rennes, France, starting in September.
The car seats four. It has a 124-mile range on the urban cycle. It uses a 30-kWh lithium-polymer battery. It is 145.3-inches long, 67.3-inches wide, and 63.4-inches high. The Bluesummer has a steel frame and a body made with thermoplastic panels.
The plant will develop the capacity to build 15 vehicle per day, a maximum of 3,500 vehicles per year.
While this is clearly a car that is meant to be “fun,” it points to a bit of a problem vis-à-vis the proliferation of electric vehicles.
The Bluesummer appears to be something that one might find in a theme park.
Dimensions and range notwithstanding, it is a vehicle that has evident DNA with golf carts.
And if OEMs outside of Tesla and Nissan want to be taken seriously when it comes to full-on electric vehicles, then it is probably a better thing to have a design that is somewhat more serious and less like something that would be ideal for the Barnum & Bailey Summer Tour.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
Ford has made an accomplishment that will never be bested, never even be tied.
Lithium-ion batteries have become the technology of choice for EVs, and falling costs and rising energy levels could keep them on top for nearly two decades.