The Venturi Eclectic solar and electric car was unveiled in October at the Paris Motor Show, and it goes into production from October 2009 at a new assembly plant in France near the town Sablé-sur-Sarthe. It is powered by solar panels embedded in the roof, and an optional wind turbine for cloudy days. Designed to be an urban vehicle with a maximum speed of 50 km/hour and a range of 50 kms on fully charged batteries, it is an open, clunky-looking three-seater with the driver’s seat located in the middle of the passenger compartment. Production capacity is estimated at 3,000 vehicles a year.
You can see a video here of a test drive of the Venturi Eclectic.