(from Peugeot Press
Release) With its BB1 concept car, Peugeot has fearlessly
pushed back the conventions and boundaries of automobile
manufacturing to bring a totally original response to the current
and future needs of urban mobility. Capable of seating four
people in a vehicle just 2.5 metres long, the BB1 concept car is a
full electric vehicle that reinvents the automobile in every way:
architecture, style, interior design, drive, connectivity – while
all the time respecting the environment.
At the forefront are the
values of liberty, optimism - even “altruism”. The BB1 concept car
is the promise of a new driving experience.
The world is always on the move. Urban traffic is ever increasing.
Everyone wants to save time and the environment is a bigger priority
than it ever has been before. Designers are seeking ever more
ingenious ways to visualise a plethora of solutions for the future.
To meet all these needs,
Peugeot has developed an amazing mobility offer. Depending on age
and their current needs, everyone can find a suitable solution in
Peugeot’s lion-branded range of bikes, motorbikes and automobiles.
Peugeot are constantly
studying and sharing mobility solutions, bringing together various
internal companies to pool their expertise and their creativity to
give rise to particularly original projects. Indeed, Peugeot has
always sought to be a global, durable provider of mobility, with an
responsible and competitive range of vehicles, whether they are on
two, three or four wheels.
The BB1 concept car,
unveiled at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show, paves the way for this
ideal by pushing back the barriers to bring a renewed driveability,
expressiveness and allure... This electric vehicle aims to explore
new grounds with regards to urban mobility.
A TOTALLY ORIGINAL IDEA
The BB1 brief was to
tackle all issues of the modern world faced by people on a daily
basis in order to offer maximum versatility, a compact size; be
dynamic and manoeuverable (3.5m turning circle).
To achieve all this, the
Peugeot teams faced a real challenge - never before seen in the
history of the automobile: accommodating four people in a car
2.5m long. This record use of interior space could potentially
lead to a larger load capacity, even though its “compact” size gives
it the ability to park in extremely tight spots - even perpendicular
to the pavement.
To meet this challenge,
the structure of the passenger compartment has drawn inspiration
from two-wheeled vehicles in terms of ergonomics: the driver
controls the vehicle by adopting a new driving position - more
vertical than is usual. This is mainly made possible through the
absence of floor pedals. The rear passenger is seated in tandem
behind the driver. On the right-hand side, front and
rear passengers adopt the same position.
It is thanks to this
original configuration for a four-wheel vehicle that the BB1 has
such a totally original design. Access to the vehicle is
through the inverted door opening mechanism, while boot access is
through a tail board and a tailgate. The interior can be transformed
as required to offer a load volume of 160 litres (with four
occupants), rising to 855 litres (with just one person in the car).
A STYLISH BREAK WITH THE PAST
The style of the vehicle
highlights the interior space and the driving ergonomics. With its
sweeping styling lines at the front, large glazed area, low doors
(for the passenger compartment ventilation system) and very clear
wheel arch space. The car also represents a break with the past
through its exterior styling in relation to the automobiles we have
seen to date.
Robust and protective,
the quality and technology shine through in every detail, such as
the “full LED” front headlights and rear view cameras. The
double bubble roof, as in the RCZ, helps with the rear space of the
USER FRIENDLY CONNECTIVITY
As well as the openness
and brightness brought by the large windows, the BB1 presents an
set of interactive technologies. The colour display and the
vehicle’s audio system provide an ideal setting for your
“smartphone” functionalities: telephone, navigation, Internet
access, radio, MP3... Just connect your device to the USB jack, or
the 12V socket if necessary.
user-friendly, this system enables the BB1 to concentrate on
essential services without multiple pieces of equipment, bringing
extra safety to driving and saving considerable weight.
Similarly, the rear-view
cameras remove the need for mirrors, optimising the width of the
vehicle and improving its aerodynamics, while adding to the
high-tech aspect of the interior.
Two original creative
images have been produced for the BB1 concept by the artist Michel
Serviteur. Portrayed around the driving position, they offer a new
link with time and speed. A clock brings the interior to life by
linking a colour to each period of the day; time goes by to the
rhythm of the light to enhance the feeling of wellbeing.
In addition, there is a
graphic animation which could replace the speedometer, finding its
a steady speed but which moves again when that speed is interrupted.
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY EFFICIENT
...WITH A NEW ELECTRIC MOTOR
Creative - the BB1 leads
the way with its electric drive system. It is fitted with
electric motors in the rear wheels, designed in association with
Michelin. This original set-up maximises the interior space. It
draws its inspiration from the world of the quad bike, with a
maximum power output of 15 kW (20hp) - or 7.5 kW per motor. This
provides the optimum power to weight ratio for the vehicle in its
driving setting. Its characteristics give it the best possible
response at start-up (0 to 30 kph in 2.8 seconds) and excellent
in-gear acceleration (30-60 kph in 4 seconds), ensuring the driving
enjoyment and safety that are the hallmark of Peugeot.
batteries provide immediate power. They have a comfortable
range of 120 km. Each of the two battery packs supplying energy to
the two respective electric motors are fitted under the right and
left rear seats, thereby avoiding any reduction in the interior
space and the storage space. Furthermore, this location between the
two front and rear wheels helps with the centring of the vehicle
weight and benefits vehicle stability, especially during braking.
...WITH AN INNOVATIVE, LIGHTER
Peugeot engineers have
completely reinvented the way to design a vehicle. The BB1 is
therefore based on a tubular chassis designed by Peugeot
Motorcycles. It includes all normal vehicle dynamic systems:
electric power steering, suspension (double-wishbone front and rear
suspension), friction damper spring assemblies - granting the
vehicle a level of road-holding to match the vehicle’s performance,
its urban nature and driveability and safety levels worthy of the
The body is made up of a
very light carbon structure, designed to wrap around the passenger
compartment, all of which enables potential future customisation and
a possibility of a variety of vehicle shapes...
Finally, the vehicle
weight does not exceed 600 kg, including the batteries, enabling all
its mechanical parts to be placed in their ideal position, ensuring
optimal weight distribution
...WITH ITS ALTRUISTIC CONCEPT
Thanks to its electric
propulsion, the BB1 is an environmentally friendly vehicle par
excellence and emits no loud noise outside the vehicle, and above
all no pollutant emissions owing to the fact that it consumes no
eco-responsibility isn’t limited to just driving.
At a standstill, the
passenger compartment ventilation keeps operating in daylight thanks
to the solar panels placed on the roof of the vehicle. This enables
two functions: pre-ventilation of the interior and the
trapping of pollutants and ultra-fine dust particles (μm), due to
the use of high-performance filters and activated carbon.
...WITH THE USE OF NEW GENERATION
The BB1’s solar panels
use cutting-edge technology, designed in partnership with the Ocean
Vital foundation. Flexible (enabling their usage on surfaces
as complex as the dual-bubble roof of the BB1), they provide a high
yield of around 16% of energy captured (a much higher performance
than current systems) to power some of the vehicle systems.
The Ocean Vital
Foundation, created by round-the-world navigator Raphaël Dinelli,
works towards the development of new clean technologies, the aim of
which is to preserve our natural resources and our environment. As
part of the BB1 project, Peugeot and Ocean Vital have entered into
an agreement to support research and development into new renewable
energy technology and therefore encourage
the development of research projects and the “green economy” in
THE STORY CONTINUES... The name “BB1” isn’t the only reference to
Peugeot’s history and the “Baby Peugeot” models of 1905 and 1912...
lightweight electric vehicle concept is also something of a
throwback to the Peugeot VLV. Three hundred and seventy seven
of which were built between 1941 and 1945, meeting the then special
needs of users throughout the Second World War. All this stands as
proof that Peugeot has always been able to create and adapt its
mobility offers to a particular time and need.