Recreational Bee-Bee XS To Be Presented At Geneva Motor Show

1 year ago by Mark Kane 21

Bee-Bee XS

Bee-Bee XS

Bee-Bee XS

Bee-Bee XS

Bee-Bee Automotive is a French start-up founded in mid-2013, which at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show intends to present recreational electric car Bee-Bee XS.

We are not sure whether there is enough market space for another premium-priced, small electric vehicle after the Citroën E-Mehari and Bolloré BlueSummer, but Bee-Bee Automotive hopes so.

The Bee-Bee XS to have range of up to some 110 km (68 miles) and costs €27,400 ($30,000) without incentives of (€6,300).

Quick specs:

  • 10 kW (20 kW peak) induction motor
  • 7.2 or 9.6 kWh lithium-ion battery (80 or 100 kg) and up to 110 km (68 miles) range with larger battery
  • weight of 660 kg (1,455 lbs) without batteries (80 or 100 kg)
  • top speed of 50 or 90 km/h

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21 responses to "Recreational Bee-Bee XS To Be Presented At Geneva Motor Show"

  1. blandman says:

    Very expensive for such small range with Model 3 coming out soon.

    1. evcarnut says:

      Destined to fail ….sorry,I hope to be Wrong.Too much money , Not enough car!

    2. alain says:

      hey check out this golf cart for rich people
      .marketing ,you get it.

    3. Mister G says:

      Esto es un pedazo de mierda…LOL

  2. MDEV says:

    Competition for BMW i3

    1. Texas FFE says:

      Not likely, the i3 is in a completely different class. If this thing had four wheel drive and a receiver for light towing it might find a niche market in the entry level CUV class.

      1. wavelet says:

        Towing? You must be joking, right? This is an electric dune buggy. No roof or windows — some lightweight transparent plastic instead.

        I’d bet the GVWR wouldn’t even support 4 US-scale adults.

        There’s a market for this in beach towns — with proper tyre, a BEV is actually a good drivetrain for the beach — a lot of immediate torque.
        You don’t need high speeds on the seaside, so no need for a strong motor, or serious range — so no need for a big or expensive battery.

        All that said, there isn’t really room for a small company here. No way they can compete with Citroën, and I expect Polaris will get int othe act as well.

    2. Speculawyer says:

      Not even close.

  3. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    I can’t understand why anyone would be interested in paying for a poky-looking dune buggy that costs more than the MSRP for any best-selling real car, even if it’s an EV.

    Yes, I do understand that with small volumes come high prices. That’s the reason that microcar EVs like the Th!nk City were so expensive (US$41,695 before any incentive), despite being tiny and cheaply made.

    But I’d have thought by now that entrepreneurs would have figured out that there just isn’t enough of a market for these cars to make a profit selling them.

    “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

    * * * * *

    Would you pay $41,695 for this plastic-bodied car?

    1. Anon says:

      Well, someone in town actually has one…

      1. Speculawyer says:

        I think most of them were sold after bankruptcy and went for $23K or so.

    2. Speculawyer says:

      The Think City is pretty solidly made and has the same sized battery as the Nissan LEAF. The plastic external body panels (which are great functionally) are just too much of a stretch for consumers to accept though.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Actually, I wouldn’t at all mind having a car that used some sort of tough plastic that would bend on impact instead of crumpling, so long as there was some sort of framework underneath to absorb impact in case of collision. It would make replacements and repairs far, far cheaper, as well as negating the problem with rust-out.

        But I doubt the average car buyer would be willing to pay more for such a car than a steel-bodied (or aluminum-bodied) car! And they shouldn’t have to. Making molded plastic body panels, with color included, is much, much cheaper than stamping out and painting metal body panels.

        1. Thinken in Oregon says:

          Collisions, no, not really, but it’s great for repelling door dings!

  4. Vexar says:

    Super-fake. Even the coniferous trees (fir?) are fake. This is what, another art project? Scant more information here:

    http://motorchase.com/en/tag/bee-bee-xs/

    Cute design, albeit far from novel, even as a retro move. Kudos to the art student who put together the demo video. Those fat, chrome hinges aren’t going to help your range very much.

  5. James says:

    I suggest they hire Beezow Doo-Doo Zoppitybop Bop Bop to promote this car for them.

  6. Anon says:

    What a cute little death trap. 😀

  7. Speculawyer says:

    That car is DOA.

    9.6 kWh is their BIG battery? LOL. The Mitsubishi iMiEV flopped because its 16KWH battery was too small.

    And it is aerodynamic like a brick.

  8. Mister G says:

    WTF IS THIS…golf cart with a roof..LOL

  9. beebee xs says:

    Hello everybody
    Additional info on the beebee xs:
    – price is 22900€ exc. Sales tax, not 27k€
    – weight 660kg (inc batteries)
    – M1 EU Homologation (road car homologation)
    – 800kg of loading capabilities
    – interior fully washable
    – 9.6kw/h battery provides
    – châssis 100% alu. The châssis provides the crash test protection not the bodyworks. Further designs are planned (the peoject is open to third parties who would be interested in using our châssis)
    110km autonomy. Far enough for the mark et targeted
    The primary targets are the tourism and recreational professionals in beach resort:
    * small sunny islands
    * packed beach town
    * …

    Hope these info Will give you a better understanding of the project.
    Beebee xs

  10. beebee xs says:

    Correction 9.6kw/h batteries provides 110km autonomy. Good enough for the type usage contemplated.
    Beebee xs