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Peugeot iOn EV for Europe is Mitsubishi in a U.S. Decision is Imminent

Updated Sep 9, 2009 1:21 PM EDT

the first clue: the name. ‘s new electric car is called the iOn . the weird capitalization recall battery vehicle — Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV . for instance?

The is not coincidental. With only exterior changes, the Peugeot iOn is the And its vital statistics are, of similar, too.

It offers 47 kilowatts of electric which translates to 63 horsepower, and can about 80 miles between

The iOn is the first fruit of a deepening announced September 4, between PSA Citroën and Mitsubishi Motors . The iOn be complemented with a Citroën which may mean little than changing the badging. says production will in October of next year, and a launch in the European market by the end of

Peugeot Citroën’s other vehicles are hybrid diesels to be in 2011, including the Peugeot HYbrid4 and the Citroën DSS HYbrid4 . A hybrid is due in 2012.

The i-MiEV was launched in Japan last and it will be sold globally in drive markets beginning this year. A left-drive will rollout in fiscal 2010.

According to Barry . a Mitsubishi spokesman, the company is exploring the possibility of selling the in the U.S. and will make a within the next 60 to 90 days. says the company is targeting annual i-MiEV sales.

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The i-MiEV is also slated for a program in Iceland . The island is ideally suited for electric because its 840-mile ring could at least theoretically the population of 304,000 people just 14 or 15 fast-charging stations. And 75 percent of the population lives 37 miles of capital city the major charging network be concentrated there. The stations be installed by Better Place . has reportedly had talks with

Julie Mullins . a spokesperson for Place, said, No plans for at this time, but perhaps the part of that turns it a qualified answer.

According to Torkelsson . director of the Driving ’09 conference (which underway next week in the Mitsubishi program is still on, the first cars arriving in the fall. We are also expecting announcements from the government on tax for EVs, he said. Such tax could only add to the excellent of EVs in Iceland, where the current mix includes a surprising number of SUVs.

Torkelsson told me last that the program is likely to with a few dozen Japanese-spec cars, and then expand in 2010. Icelanders, he told me, their clean energy, new technology and are early adopters.

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