Bee-Bee, a new French carmaker, will make the Geneva Motor Show more Bee-zarre

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show will be filled with important presentations, but it is a democratic event. Beside the Bugatti Veyron successor, the Chiron, you will be able to see things like the Bee-Bee XS, a new small electric vehicle produced in France. According to its mother company, Bee-Bee, it is an M1 category vehicle, one of the famous “sans permis” cars that can be driven 16-year old people on with no driver’s license. Some of them look like real cars, but not the XS: it is just Bee-Beezarre. Check the animation video below.

The XS can carry 4 people and it resembles the Citroën Méhari in a much smaller scale. It is 3.40 m long, 1.60 m wide, 1.60 m tall (almost like a moving square) and it has a 2.27 m wheelbase. Exactly the same one the Riversimple Rasa presents, what allows us to establish some interesting comparisons. The Bee-Bee XS weighs 660 kg and presents a 110 km range, while the Rasa weighs 580 kg and can run 483 km on a 1.5 tank of hydrogen. While the XS has a 20 kW engine, the Rasa has 4 of them, one in each wheel, that produce 15 kW each. Their top speed is similar: 90 km/h for the French “sans permis” and 96 km/h for  the British technology breakthrough.

The Bee-Bee XS will premiere at the Swiss event and prices have not been set so far. The car is eligible to receive a 6,300 euros ecologic bonus, what indicates it cost way more than that. Depending on how much, people will probably prefer to buy the e-Méhari. At least it is a real Citroën. And it can be driven on roads…

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.