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Citroën's new Bluesummer EV – any color they want, as long as it's blue

Citroën's new Bluesummer EV – ...
The Bluesummer in its one and only color choice
The Bluesummer in its one and only color choice
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The Bluesummer in its one and only color choice
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The Bluesummer in its one and only color choice
The two-door four-seat convertible Bluesummer was designed by electrical systems manufacturer the Bolloré Group, but will be built and distributed by Peugeot Citroën
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The two-door four-seat convertible Bluesummer was designed by electrical systems manufacturer the Bolloré Group, but will be built and distributed by Peugeot Citroën
The Bluesummer will tip the scales at 1,285 kg (2,833 lb)
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The Bluesummer will tip the scales at 1,285 kg (2,833 lb)
The Bluesummer will have a top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph)
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The Bluesummer will have a top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph)
The Bluesummer's back seats fold down to carry loads
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The Bluesummer's back seats fold down to carry loads
The Bluesummer will have an urban range of 200 km (124 miles) per charge of its 30-kWh lithium-metal-polymer battery
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The Bluesummer will have an urban range of 200 km (124 miles) per charge of its 30-kWh lithium-metal-polymer battery
The Bluesummer's battery should last for 3,000 cycles or approximately 400,000 km (248,548 miles)
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The Bluesummer's battery should last for 3,000 cycles or approximately 400,000 km (248,548 miles)
Charging of the Bluesummer is accomplished via an included home wall-mounted charger, or from any 220-volt outlet using a supplied cable
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Charging of the Bluesummer is accomplished via an included home wall-mounted charger, or from any 220-volt outlet using a supplied cable
The Bluesummer's raised chassis should allow it to handle some off-road use
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The Bluesummer's raised chassis should allow it to handle some off-road use
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In a few months, a new 100-percent-electric car will be on the market – in France, at least. Called the Bluesummer, the two-door four-seat convertible was designed by electrical systems manufacturer the Bolloré Group, but will be built and distributed by Peugeot Citroën.

The car will tip the scales at 1,285 kg (2,833 lb), have a top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph), and an urban range of 200 km (124 miles) per charge of its 30-kWh lithium-metal-polymer battery.

That battery should last for 3,000 cycles or approximately 400,000 km (248,548 miles), and will reportedly be safe to recycle thanks to "the absence of toxic components." Charging is accomplished via an included home wall-mounted charger, or from any 220-volt outlet using a supplied cable.

The Bluesummer will have an urban range of 200 km (124 miles) per charge of its 30-kWh lithium-metal-polymer battery
The Bluesummer will have an urban range of 200 km (124 miles) per charge of its 30-kWh lithium-metal-polymer battery

True to its name, the Bluesummer's thermoplastic polymer body will be dyed blue – a steel chassis will support it underneath. The seats will likewise be upholstered in jean-like blue cloth, with the rear seats folding down to carry big loads. Additionally, the car's raised chassis should allow it to handle some off-road use

.... oh yes, and we're told that its horn will sound like a cricket. Hopefully a loud cricket.

Starting this September, the Bluesummer will be manufactured at PSA Peugeot Citroën's plant in the French city of Rennes. Plans call for the production of 15 cars per day, up to a maximum of 3,500 vehicles a year. Marketing will be handled by Citroën France.

There's no word on pricing, or availability outside of France.

Sources: Citroën, Bluesummer (French)

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6 comments
Freyr Gunnar
Bolloré already sells an EV called the Bluecar. It's the same EV used for the Autolib car-sharing scheme in Paris and other cities:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollor%C3%A9_Bluecar
Milton
I want one! Hopefully when it reaches the USA it will still be price-competitive with a Nissan Leaf and a Chevy Spark EV. This thing is just so cool.
Steve Jones
I like it a lot. I hope it's affordable.
minivini
More broadly, I wish the (US) government would exempt EVs from the draconian automobile import laws currently imposed. EVs should, in theory, already be exempt from EPA import restrictions. If it's "safe", make it legal to import!

As far as this one, I doubt we'll ever see it here since there is no Citroen dealer network in the U.S. We can still hope, though! Why do I feel like we say that a lot over here...
montereyjp
Interesting little car.. But I could not find a picture of it with the windows rolled up.. Does it have windows or snap up plastic? or open air only?
icykel
I do like BLUESUMMER. Since the Peugeot and Nissan are part of the same motor group perhaps this little beauty will be available though that dealer network ?
Looks French and practical......love it.