Peugeot, hmmm, they’ve always made a decent enough Looking automobile, a little lacking perhaps on the reliability front – Peugeot Drivers Be Quiet, servicing your car EVERY month isn’t normal – aside from that little nugget, if don’t fit into a slimline blue pencil skirt or loafers and cardigans, they’ve never really been inspiring. Adding to that image, Peugeot has released pix of it’s latest concept, the VeLV.
VeLV is a French acronym that translates to City Light Electric Vehicle – the PSA concept debuted at a Paris innovation forum where the company said its baby would be aimed at corporate fleets, rental companies, car-sharing schemes and private buyers who fancy a second car or just a round-town runabout.
It now makes perfect sense that Renault never hooked into the PSA Peugeot/Citreon conglomerate, they’d seriously have come to blows at the aesthetics on this. Seriously, we realise looks are a matter of taste, but . . .
The ultra-compact footprint of Renault Twizy – length: 2.32 metres / width: 1.19 metres / height: 1.46 metres – makes the VeLV look like a pregnant Toyota Carolla.
VeLV weighs 650kg and is powered by a 20kW electric motor, PSA claims the three-seat VeLVwill hit 110km/h and provide a 100km range from its 8.5kWh Li-ion battery pack, which is said to roughly match the “environmental footprint” of an equivalent train journey while providing an “extremely enjoyable” driving experience.
Compact dimensions and a tight 7.2-metre turning circle helps the VeLV concept negotiate cramped city streets. For comparison, London taxis, noted for their impressively small turning circles, achieve a U-turn in eight metres.
PSA says the car is aimed to appeal to corporate fleets and car rental companies, as well as buyers who are in the market for a more compact means of getting around town.