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Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012

The Cambiano Project is a luxury sports saloon with electric propulsion. There are four electric motors, one for each wheel, a lithium-ion battery for energy storage and a Diesel micro-turbine with generator to produce electricity when the battery is depleted.

The Cambiano illustrates Pininfarina expertise in Car Styling Design and Engineering. The sports saloon body style presents a different solution on each side. The driver side has a single door of a sports coupe while the passenger side has two doors that open from the centre and no B-pillar for a full access to the cabin. The body of the car is one of simple, solid volumes, with large taut but sensual surfaces, enhanced by the golden grey colour and iridescent blue reflections. The metal inserts in the sides are a new take on decorative mouldings and they continue all along the side glazing, incorporating the lighting and opening functions of the doors. The light is an integral part of the Cambiano design concept, inside and out. The relationship with natural light is simplified by the panoramic roof, which is translucent in some areas and transparent in others. With a carbon honeycomb structure mounted between the outside glass and a polycarbonate inner lining, the roof enhances visibility in the car – heightening the sense of luminosity and space inside

 The name has been selected as a tribute to the town where the Group is headquartered. “2012 – explains Chairman Paolo Pininfarina – marks a double anniversary: the 30 years of the Styling Centre, set up at Cambiano in 1982 as “Pininfarina Studi e Ricerche/Pininfarina Studies and Research”, and the 10 years of the Engineering Centre, inaugurated in 2002 with the aim of adding third party engineering services to styling and development/niche production activities”.

 “The Cambiano – adds CEO Silvio Pietro Angori – is the most complete expression of everything Pininfarina stands, both today and in the future: styling research directed towards defining timeless styling statements in the best tradition of Italian style and Pininfarina design; state-of-the-art technological innovation incorporated in a project that is both contemporary and forward-looking. The Cambiano raises the bar of research in the field of environment friendliness and sustainability in line Pininfarina’s unswerving attention to eco-mobility, a feature firmly rooted in its DNA and now one of the main pillars of its Industrial Plan. The Cambiano is the maximum expression of Pininfarina’s consolidated technological know-how, its ability to manage projects with great flexibility and seamless integration of styling and engineering aspects”.
The Cambiano also sets new parameters for eco-sustainability in the high performance luxury car segment. The perfect integration of the styling and engineering activities has produced an extended range plug-in electric car that combines top performance and roominess with the comfort of a luxury car and total respect of the environment. The type of engine chosen and the position of the battery pack in the rear of the car (under the luggage compartment) have created a vehicle architecture with a perfectly flat floor, that is regular and low, guaranteeing excellent access, liveability on board and a lower centre of gravity. The drive system is based on four electric motors, one for each wheel, and the respective deceleration unit. The four motors, which are produced by Magneti Marelli, are mounted on the front and rear frames and each delivers a continuous supply of 60 kW with peaks of 150 kW for a total of 600 kW maximum power output, with torque of 640 Nm. The drive system incorporates an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) to charge the batteries and, when necessary, to supply energy directly to the motors: this is a 50 kW Bladon Jets micro turbine which normally runs on diesel but which can be calibrated to be compatible with various types of fuel. The battery pack developed by FAAM is installed between the seats and the rear axle, where it is protected from possible collisions and easily replaced during servicing. The battery is of the high power, high energy density lithium ion type, has a capacity of 50 kW/h, a peak power delivery of 500 kW, and can be recharged in 6 hours using a 6 Kw/h grid and in 52 minutes with the APU. Combined with the micro turbine, it guaranteesa range of 205 km in the urban cycle in all-electric mode, and a total range in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) mixed cycle of over 800 km in extended range mode, higher than that of luxury sports cars with conventional drive systems. 
The composition of the pack is simplified by the small size of each cell, which allows for a certain amount of flexibility and adaption when installed on the vehicle. The battery case was designed to respect current crash test standards and it complies with ISO 26262 vehicle safety regulations. The battery is liquid cooled and protected by an insulating casing that guarantees that it will function in all use conditions, with a temperature range of da -20° C to +60° C. Battery functioning is monitored by a BMS (Battery Management System) unit, which verifies that the individual cells operate within the established normal functioning range. In the event of a malfunction, the battery is immediately isolated from the rest of the vehicle.
The CAMBIANO’s generous range was achieved by the innovative drive system, by focussing attention on aerodynamic efficiency, obtained in the Pininfarina Wind Tunnel, and by a significant weight reduction: the Cambiano weighs 1695 kg empty, an excellent result if we consider the size of the car. The chassis is light, resistant and modular, comprising a carbon fibre cell for occupants and two aluminium modules, one at the front and one at the rear, which act as crumple cells, absorbing impact and supporting all the
mechanical parts. This engineering solution allows the same modules to be used for an entire family of derived vehicles. The central cell can be built with materials and dimensions that will allow it to adapt to the various requirements of cost, manufacturing volumes and furnishings of the cabin of a future derived vehicle.
The front and rear structural modules will also adapt effectively to different wheelbases and tracks.
Where the energy management system is concerned, the objective is to minimise consumption and polluting emissions into the atmosphere, keeping turbine operating times to a minimum. This is triggered automatically when the battery charge falls below 20% of maximum capacity and turns off automatically when the speed is below 50 km/h (like restricted traffic areas in city centres). When necessary, the driver can activate or deactivate the turbine manually. On the road, the need to generate energy with the micro turbine will depend on how the vehicle is used, on the type of route (urban, rural, out of town) and on traffic. This information can be obtained by GPS navigator. The turbine can be controlled ready to generate a certain calculated quantity of energy, trying to keep its ignition and operating times to a minimum.

Technical Specifications : Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012

Maximum length

5040 mm

Maximum width

2000 mm

Maximum height

1360 mm

Luggage compartment

450 Litres

Power train

4 independent motors with permanent magnetos, extended range with axial flow micro turbine


3 doors, 4 seats


carbon and aluminium



Empty weight

1695 kg

Electronically limited speede

250 Km/h

Top speed

275 Km/h

0 a 100 km/h acceleration:

4.2 sec

Maximum power delivery of electric motors

600 kW

Peak power delivery of battery

500 kW

Range in NEDC mixed cycle – extended range mode

800 Km

Range ECE15 urban cycle – pure electric mode

205 Km

Pure electric range at top speed of 250 km/h

46 km (the battery charge gives a maximum range of 46 km at a speed of 250 km/h. With a dead battery and the turbo engaged, the car reaches a top speed of 152 km/h)

Plug-in charging time

6 hours with 6 kWh grid and 20% min. state of charge

Diesel fuel tank

50 litres


45 gr/km


0.05 gr/km

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Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
Pininfarina Cambiano Range Extended Electric Concept 2012
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