FRANKFURT -- Peugeot showed a concept at the auto show here for an compact electric car inspired by motorcycle technology.
The French brand's boss, Jean-Marc-Gales said the BB1 concept exists "between the two- and four-wheel worlds."
Peugeot said the concept is the first car created to accommodate four people in an overall length of just 2.5 meters.
Peugeot will decide within the next six months whether it makes commercial sense to produce the BB1. "I want to build it," Gales said.
The BB1 is based on a tubular chassis designed by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen subsidiary Peugeot Motorcycles. Gales said that if the car gets approval, it would be manufactured by Peugeot Motorcycles, creating additional in-house synergies.
The concept is equipped with electric motors in the rear wheels from French tire making giant Michelin. The electric motors get their power from two lithium-ion battery packs, which are placed under the left and right rear seats.
"Everything about the BB1 is radically new," Gales said.
The car weighs 600 kg and has a range of 120km with a top speed of 90km.