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