The Peugeot BB1 is an ultra-compact city car concept.
The design brief for the BB1 was to meet the mobility
needs of everyday individuals on a daily basis and provide
maximum versatility, a compact size, maneuverability (3.5m
turning circle) and adequate performance levels.
The full-four seat Peugeot BB1 features some rather daring
styling, from the protruding headlights and almost vertical
windscreen, to the complicated door panels and off-set
taillights which wrap around the sides of the car.
Access to the BB1 is through the reverse opening doors,
while the load area access is through an innovative tail
board / tailgate design. The interior can be transformed
as required to offer a load volume of up to 160 litres
(with four occupants), or 855 litres (with just one person
in the car).
Inside is strange setup with the driver controlling the
vehicle from a set of scooter-like handlebars instead
of a steering wheel. Thanks to the expansive glass roof
and long side windows the interior is filled with light,
helping to disguise the small overall dimensions.
The Peugeot BB1 is powered by two electric motors, one
mounted in each rear wheel. This layout maximizes the
interior space and draws its inspiration from the world
of quad bikes. Combined the motors produce 20 horsepower
(15kW). 0 to 19 mph takes 2.8 seconds and 19 - 37 mph
in achieved in 4 seconds. Easily fast enough to keep pace
with urban traffic.
The power for the vehicle is provided by two lithium-ion
battery packs supplying energy to the respective electric
motors located under the right and left-hand rear seats,
with a comfortable range of 75 miles. This layout avoids
any reduction in the interior space or the available storage
space. Furthermore, this location between the front and
rear wheels helps with the weight distribution of the
vehicle and benefits vehicle stability, especially during
Solar panels are integrated into the roof to power some
of the vehicles secondary systems. 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.