Gallery: Solar Powered Blue Car Hitting the Streets in 2010


Starting this coming spring, a slick new solar-powered electric vehicle will be hitting the streets of Europe. Italian car designer Pininfarina and French battery manufacturer Bolloré have officially announced that the five door Blue Car hatchback is now ready for production. A fully-electric vehicle with solar panels by 2010? Count us in!

Previously unveiled at last years Geneva Show, the Blue Car is a fully-electric vehicle that comes equipped with solar panels on the rooftop. The vehicle is 3.65 meters long, 1.6 meters high and 1.72 meters wide, and features a 50kW electric motor that provides an acceleration of 0-60mph in around 6 seconds and a top speed of 80mph.

The solar panels on the vehicle’s roof provides some power to the vehicle’s systems. It comes with regenerative brakes and a Lithium Metal Polymer batteries, and has a range of 155 miles per charge. According to the manufacturer, all the materials in the construction have been sourced to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Every Tuesday we bring word of new concept vehicles that stand to revolutionize the world. Every once in a while though one of those vehicles just happens to become reality. The Blue Car will be available in 2010, with full scale production of 60,000 units in the years to come.

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  1. atul i patel March 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    i want this car demo and test drive.

  2. atul i patel March 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    i like this car . i want this car. how much price and how much speed this car.

  3. rakesh shrestha November 15, 2014 at 5:39 am

    I liked this model of future cars.

  4. antbon November 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I am very crazy to buy an good electric car, with a good range.

  5. lallienzuol hmar March 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

    its really creativity technology. May I please know the present market price?

  6. Agim November 19, 2013 at 3:41 am

    If the Solar blue car is available now for sale, how much is it? Is it affordable like the new generation cars available in the market now? how visible and efficient is it in tropical regions like in south-east Nigeria, where it rains almost 10 months in a year?

  7. ABOUDOU SOEFO October 7, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Is the solar blue car availeble ?
    How much itcosts ?

  8. Harshukh Chauhan July 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm


  9. S.Sreekumar April 4, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Deisel and petrol price hike every month , Solar vehicles is the only solution

  10. S.Sreekumar April 4, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Introduce your product Solar car in the Indian Market. There will be good response

  11. infant meals stages October 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    wow, beautiful image!!! =)

  12. garytanis December 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Great!! Hope it comes to the US.

  13. University of Michigan ... June 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

    […] longer be centralized in the Detroit area, but Michigan is still the place to turn for innovative car design. Case in point: the University of Michigan Solar Car Team, which just won the American Solar […]

  14. mohamed abd el hafiz April 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I am an egyptian free searsher at many fields at solar energy I have a research using heat and photovoltaic at same time with new materials I have too a new solar engain design high powerI think it may be the future solar car it is defferent than all other such it gives us direct motiom and elec. charges at same time I hope to cooperate with any manufactorer about that who wish contact me thanks mohamed abd elhafiz mobail 0020109891061 e. mail

  15. mohamed abd el hafiz April 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I am an egyptian free searsher at many fields I have anew research at solar energy with new materials and using heat and photovoltaic at same time I have too a new solar engain design high power it may be the future solar care such it is defferent than others it gives us direct motion and elec. charges at same time I hope to cooperate with an manufactory about that who wanted please contact me thanks mohamed abd el hafiz mobail 0020109891061 e.mail

  16. t n ramakrishnan November 29, 2009 at 12:05 am


  17. smilendragon October 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Why not set up a monorail system..powered by solar panels…design car to charge at home..and with solar panels..change speed/ safety standards to allow car on road speeds of 50 miles per hr max..most trips are 25 miles from home or less…this would make auto lighter some what fragile…allowing a price of 6 grand or less..make insurance companies offer a either or insurance so you could own larger..safer auto for longer/highway trips and afford second auto for lower speed local trips…if close to town the less expensive auto could be design to lift wheels..sync up on monorail…destination feed into the at speed up to 80 mph..many autos at the same time..controlled by computer..charged by the rail as they travel..they reach the destination…wheel come back down for the further road trip..again at less than 50 mph..range of 40 miles or less..this has it all affordability/mass transport/low pollution/no gas/all electric/freedom to drive alone with the economy/price of mass transport..and while your at it..put solar panel on all available homes..30 yr systems..the electric companies would have to buy power back..but then we as free people would be off the grid…no monthly payments to big business..but hey the government could tax it and get US out of debt…As my Dad always told me ” you’ve got good ideas but they won’t let you do it “..perhaps greed is the real problem not technology…

  18. tastethefruit July 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    True, the solar panels on top, are just for design and show. They will not power the car, but could keep a cooling fan running while the sun is out, etc.

    Just the same, an electric car that gets 155 miles before charging is a great idea.

    As for gas not polluting or creating more GHG than an electric car – give your head a shake. This site contains a table of all the GHGs produced, by state and province, to make 1 kwh of electricity:

    Using this table, provided by the USA government, this blog calculates the GHG emissions for a gasoline powered car and an electric car.

    Gasoline – lots of GHG
    Hybrid – much less GHG
    Pure Electric – best bet, regardless of the state or province you live in.

    And as the coal fired generating stations are turned off, the numbers will only get better!

  19. Landon June 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    if enough of these are on the road, then when not in use, they could sell much of that power when plugged into the grid, cars get charged, power grid gets fed, why not utilize this in public transit systems. it would be a godsend,

  20. waltbarrett June 14, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Based on our experience, the US DOT will throw a hundred road blocks at any tiny imports. There are several companies in Asia build small electrics priced under $6,000.00 but the liabilities and potential fines for even minor safety problems placed on the importers are scary! The importer must also keep track of the vehicle for the next ten years after importing it. It appears to be much more simple to introduce these small electrics in Europe or any other country. I prefer a hybrid burning any kind of bio fuel, but I’m not paying any $40,000.00 and can’t see how the average consumer can afford that kind of money. I’ll go out on a limb right now and say that any hybrid costing that much money will not make it in the USA as a mass produced vehicle. I think the real money for a mid size hybrid is $20,000.00. Anyone who does that will win the market.
    Walt Barrett

  21. dougal31 June 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Solar panels are like go faster strips!
    Would generate 100W in bright sunlight ads give 1 to 10 minute driving after 10 hours charge.
    Wont save much on emissions as mains electricity with distribution and charging is only 30 % efficient;
    worse than a modern petrol engine. Regenerative braking is the only good feature but the energy cost of batteries etc offsets the gain.
    Buy a horse:)

  22. dougal31 June 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Not really solar powered . Solar powered to pretend but really mains electric powered.
    Bright sunlight will give 100W. 10 hours = 1kwh 50kw motor approx 1 minute running at flat out.
    Perhaps 10 minutes running with careful driving.
    Mains electricity produced at 30% efficiency after distribution no better than a petrol engine.
    With effeciency and energy charging loss and cost of battery a good petrol engine would be less poluting.

  23. chrisp68 June 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    What “systems” will the solar panels power. We currenly have 12volt batteries that power all the other systems in the car except to move forward. Unless it charging the car battery when the car is not moving it is just a waste of money. Cars just sit all day while the sun is shining… take advatage of it!

  24. bradt June 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    So when will this be available in the US, and how much will it cost?

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