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Peugeot launches new car-scooter

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Peugeot has unveiled a zero-emissions electric car-cum-scooter aimed squarely at urban and city drivers.

Car insurance companies may have to rework policies for the 'green' BB1, which can seat up to four adults in a space of just 8.2ft (2.5m). It also sports solar panels on the roof that allow constant operation of ventilation in daylight.

Featuring electric motors on each of the the rear wheels and two lithium-ion battery packs, the car has a range of 75 miles (120kms) and is easy to park.

Jon Goodman, Peugeot's UK managing director, said: "Peugeot is constantly pooling its expertise and creativity to design particularly innovative and original projects. The BB1 is the brainchild of this successful collaboration.

"The BB1 concept pushes back the boundaries, creating an inventive, fun, expressive and stylish vehicle.

"This electric vehicle is a logical addition to a vehicle line up that incorporates Peugeot bicycles, scooters, cars and light commercial vehicles. It aims to explore new ground with regards to urban mobility, with the environment close at heart."

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