Peugeot BB1 Concept la Frankfurt 2009

Autor: Oraan Mărculescu acum 11 ani Concepte auto
With the Peugeot 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 Peugeot 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 Peugeot BB1 Concept car is the promise of a new
driving experience.

The world is always on the move. Urban traffi c 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 fi nd 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 inventive,
responsible and competitive range of vehicles, whether they are on
two, three or four wheels.

The Peugeot 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 Peugeot BB1 Concept 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 manoeuvrable
(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 fl oor 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 confi guration for a four-wheel
vehicle that the Peugeot BB1 Concept 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 Peugeot RCZ, helps with the rear
space of the vehicle.

USER-FRIENDLY CONNECTIVITY

As well as the openness and brightness brought by the large
windows, the Peugeot BB1 Concept presents an extensive 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.

Universal and user-friendly, this system enables the Peugeot BB1
Concept 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 Peugeot
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
equilibrium at a steady speed but which moves again when that speed
is interrupted.

AN ENVIRONMENTALLYEFFICIENT VEHICLE… WITH A NEW
ELECTRIC MOTOR

Creative – the Peugeot BB1 Concept leads the way with its
electric drive system. It is fi tted 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 urban 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.

The lithium-ion 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.

AN ENVIRONMENTALLYEFFICIENT VEHICLE… WITH A NEW
ELECTRIC MOTOR

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 Peugeot Marque.

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.

AN ENVIRONMENTALLYEFFICIENT VEHICLE… WITH ITS
ALTRUISTIC CONCEPT

Thanks to its electric propulsion, the Peugeot BB1 Concept is an
environmentallyfriendly 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 fossil fuels.

But this 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 fi lters and
activated carbon.

AN ENVIRONMENTALLYEFFICIENT VEHICLE… WITH THE USE OF
NEW GENERATION SOLAR CELLS

The Peugeot BB1 Concept’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 Peugeot BB1 Concept), 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 France.

THE STORY CONTINUES…

The name „BB1” isn’t the only reference to Peugeot’s history and
the „Baby Peugeot” models of 1905 and 1912…

This ultra-compact, 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.

Intre masina si scuter...Campania teaser, prin care
francezii anunţau prezentarea unui concept inedit, a fost
„his mother is a scooter, his father is a car”.
Iar rezultatul pare demn de filmul de animaţie „Cars”, lăsând mască
orice amator de maşini normale.

Cei de la Peugeot sunt recunoscuţi pentru concursurile lor
anuale de design, având până acum rezultate remarcabile la nivel
creativ din partea participanţilor. Însă BB1 Concept este
cu totul altceva
.

Denumirea BB1 provine de la modelele „Baby Peugeot”, din anii
1905 şi 1912, dar face referire şi la Peugeot VLV, din anii
’40
, un scuter care şi-a câştigat reputaţia în Franţa în
perioada celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial. Acum, la peste 50 de
ani distanţă, Peugeot BB1 este mai mult decât atât – ba chiar am
putea spune că se doreşte un concurent clar pentru smart sau Toyota
iQ, dar şi pentru recentul VW E-Up Concept.

Volanul inlocuit de ghidonMarea provocare a designerilor
şi inginerilor a fost de a „îngrămădi” 4 persoane în doar
2,5 metri lungime
. Aşa încât acestora nu le-a rămas decât
să se inspire din… lumea scuterelor, în ce priveşte amenajarea
interiorului. Astfel, poziţia de conducere este mai verticală decât
într-o maşină normală, pedalele lipsind, iar volanul fiind înlocuit
cu un ghidon, care conţine cele mai multe comenzi necesare
condusului.

Practic, la nivel de interconectivitate, BB1 Concept
oferă cam toate facilităţile unui „smartphone” din ziua de
azi
, de la telefonie mobilă până la acces internet şi
conectivitate USB. Ceea ce duce la un aspect interior high tech,
mai ales că oglinzile laterale sunt înlocuite de camere, ale căror
imagini sunt afişate pe display-urile din interior. De remarcat
vitezometrul transformat într-un mini-tablou artistic în mişcare,
în timp ce pe un alt display este un ceas, ale cărui culori se
schimbă în funcţie de perioada din zi.

4 pasageri in 2,5 metri lungimeCei patru pasageri au la
dispoziţie un spaţiu suficient, deşi nivelul confortului rămâne
discutabil, deoarece putem vorbi mai degrabă despre
strapontine
. Accesul în maşină se face prin portiere de
dimensiuni mari, care se deschid în sens invers faţă de cum suntem
obişnuiţi, iar parbrizul este înclinat spre înainte – total atipic
pentru o maşină din zilele noastre.

Interesant, portbagajul oferă un volum de 160 de litri,
care poate ajunge la o incredibilă valoare de 855 litri
,
dacă în maşină rămâne doar şoferul. Asta deoarece spaţiul interior
a fost gândit la sânge, dar şi datorită soluţiei de propulsie
aleasă.

Motoare electrice in rotile spateAceasta se realizează
prin intermediul a două motoare electrice, plasate în
roţile din spate
, roţi proiectate special pentru BB1
Concept de către Michelin. Puterea maximă cumulată a celor două
motoare electrice este de 15 kW (20 CP), iar bateriile care le
deservesc sunt plasate sub scaunele din spate.

Autonomia maşinii ajunge la 120 km, iar demarajul 0-30 km/h se
realizează în 2,8 secunde, suficient pentru traficul urban.

Maşina mai beneficiază pe „cocoaşele” de pe plafon de
celule solare, care au rolul de a alimenta celelalte
sisteme din maşină
, cum ar fi sistemul de ventilaţie.
Celulele solare sunt realizate în parteneriat cu specialistul Ocean
Vital, beneficiind de o tehnologie avansată, fiind atât flexibile,
dar înmagazinând şi mai multă energie decât celulele solare
normale.

Peugeot BB1 - ineditPeugeot BB1 este şi foarte
uşor, având în total 600 kg
. Pe de o parte, caroseria este
realizată dintr-un material pe bază de fibră de carbon, care poate
fi modelat în funcţie de preferinţele clientului – ceea ce înseamnă
şi un foarte mare grad de personalizare al maşinii.

Pe de altă parte, şasiul şi componentele transmisiei şi trenului
de rulare au fost proiectate de Peugeot Motorcycles, din aliaje
uşoare şi folosindu-se configuraţii cât mai simple şi cu masă
mică.

Este greu de crezut că acest concept ar putea ajunge în
producţia de serie într-o formă apropiată, însă câteve elemente
tehnologice pe care le prezintă sunt de interes şi cu siguranţă ne
vor gratula în curând pe modelele de serie Peugeot.

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