PSA Peugeot Citroën VELV concept revealed

PSA Peugeot Citroën VELV concept - 29.9.2011
PSA Peugeot Citroën VELV concept - 29.9.2011

Designed for corporate fleets and rental car companies

PSA Peugeot Citroën has quietly unveiled the VELV concept at the ADEME innovation forum.

Developed by a consortium of French companies, the VELV is an electric vehicle which has an 8.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 27 PS (20 kW / 27 hp) electric motor. This enables the 650 kg (1,433 lb) concept to hit a top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph) and travel approximately 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge.

The company declined to discuss the possibility of production, but said the concept was envisioned for corporate fleets and rental car companies.

Source: PSA Peugeot Citroën

PSA Peugeot Citroën presents its light city electric vehicle (VELV) at the ADEME innovation forum

PSA Peugeot Citroën is presenting an innovative concept for getting around in the city at a forum organised by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). Known by its French acronym VELV, the light city electric vehicle was developed with a consortium of French companies and a research laboratory who have joined forces to meet the mobility challenges of tomorrow.

The VELV is a safe, fuel-efficient electric three-wheeler that can seat three people. With a power rating of 20kW for 650kg, the vehicle has a driving range of 100 km and can accelerate up to 110 km/h The VELV is particularly easy to handle in tight spaces thanks to a turning radius of just 7.20 metres. What's more, it indicates in real time the area that can be covered based on the driving range and identifies charging stations that can be reached with the remaining charge.

The project's objective is to significantly reduce the amount of on-board energy by offering a fun vehicle whose electric motor, immediately available maximum torque and light weight make for an extremely enjoyable driving experience. The VELV consumes just 85 Wh per kilometre, which means that its environmental footprint is equivalent to that of a train trip. The VELV also complies with regulations concerning passive safety for passenger cars.

The concept is aimed at corporate fleets, traditional rental companies and self-service schemes like Autolib', second-car buyers and numerous customers who want a better option for getting around town.

The VELV responds to the new challenges of tomorrow's transportation by contributing to the development of lightweight electric powertrains and providing impetus for the entire French EV industry, with support from ADEME.

Each participant in this project contributed important expertise. PSA Peugeot Citroën leveraged its experience as a carmaker to offer an innovative vehicle architecture that meets ambitious, yet realistic specifications.

Leroy Somer, GKN and Valeo pooled their skills to create a full 20 kW electric power train that is both compact and highly efficient.

Johnson-Control Saft provided a Li-Ion battery stack and electronic management system designed especially for the vehicle to ensure the 8.5 kWh output and 100 km driving range.
Valeo also developed a specific heating system for small electric vehicles.
Leoni designed dedicated signal and power cables.

Lastly, Michelin contributed its experience with management systems for in-wheel motors operating at high speeds.

In the area of research, the IMS/LAPS labs in Bordeaux provided valuable insights into the dynamic behaviour of very small vehicles.

The one-day ADEME innovation forum focuses on ADEME's R&D initiatives in the areas of environmental protection and new technologies. This year's forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 26 September at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

PSA Peugeot Citroën will participate in the forum's discussions. In particular, the head of research and advanced engineering will take part in a roundtable on new ways of looking at transportation and mobility.

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wcfbiggestfan wcfbiggestfan
very nice
Nov 13th, 2011 12:19am
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BugattiVeyron41 BugattiVeyron41
Hope it stays as a concept. We've already got to many ugly cars.
Sep 30th, 2011 7:47pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
God this is awful in comparison to the vauxhall, vw and audi offerings. This looks like it was designed 10 yrs ago
Sep 30th, 2011 3:09pm
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Microice Microice
Good thing it's electric so we can overtake it and not be insulted by the rear.
Sep 30th, 2011 11:08am
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Mister Stig Mister Stig
Developed by a consortium of French companies, the VELV is a three-wheel electric vehicle which has an 8.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 27 PS (20 kW / 27 hp) electric motor. That has got 4 wheels.... who @ PSA can't count?
Sep 30th, 2011 10:17am
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OPEL will eat this...
Sep 30th, 2011 9:26am
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Seems similar to Opel's but uglier. Maybe this is a four seater
Sep 30th, 2011 6:58am
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manual-trans manual-trans
all I get to see from Peugeot is concept cars! None of them made it to production LOL
Sep 30th, 2011 3:55am
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