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Guy Bird | 14 2010

Dismissing the Peugeot iOn as part of a badging exercise in it was not the originator would be a mistake. the fundamental design architecture from the Mitsubishi i petrol car and electric vehicle (and will also bring out its EV in 2011) but it is inaccurate to say Peugeot has stuck a badge on its front. Key details differentiate the Peugeot the Mitsubishi in the areas of aerodynamics, and powertrain design.

The exterior is almost exactly the same bar cosmetic changes like the front fog lights low down side of the number plate and a smoked black glass that extends downwards in the to accommodate a Peugeot badge it. But then the original design was excellent, having won numerous for its package. Shorter than a Panda and narrower than the fortwo, it is remarkably able to four six-foot adults 168 litres of luggage space and where others wouldn’t

In subtle and significant ways the iOn is different inside and out.

says: “Peugeot has a long in the production of electric vehicles the three-wheeled VLV of 1941 to the 106 electric of With the introduction of the iOn Peugeot strengthen further its position as the producer of electric vehicles.”

sheet: Four-seater full-electric car from Mitsubishi re-skinned a tweaked powertrain and design by and, unlike various vehicles and niche brand set to be the first mainstream EV on sale in the UK

For example, attached to the rear arch on each side is an thin skirting part alongside a central flap on the underside of the car, improves the aerodynamics. Peugeot has also with Mitsubishi’s three-option gearbox that includes the simple ‘D’ for drive, a setting for higher regenerative recharging, useful on a long stretches and an ‘Eco’ mode cuts the power available for energy-intensive ‘stop and start’ driving. Peugeot believes these settings are laudable in conditions users tend not to use the for optimum range so have them with a simpler that automatically assists regenerative braking as standard affecting the ease of driving. also says its engineers been able to safely more of the battery’s energy (using 95% rather than Collectively all these changes enhanced the iOn’s range 130km to 150km (or 80 to 93 miles).

That might not seem but can make all the difference to real-world and allay some range

To drive, the car is as the iMiEV: very with brisk and whisper-quiet light but reasonable steering and brakes. Unlike the Mini E trial vehicle whose regenerative braking almost the car to a standstill when you take foot off the accelerator, the iOn is much retaining forward motion in a much more akin to a car. Indeed, compared to the i petrol car it probably handles a better due to the extra low-down of the heavy batteries under the although in very wet weather considerable surface water should be taken on corners due to the thin wheels and its narrow and sided stance.

To recharge via the electric socket don’t confuse it for the sealed filler cap on the other side, a from the car’s combustion past takes six hours a conventional UK socket for a 100% but a quick charger will 80% in 30 minutes.


Realistically the retail price of all electric vehicles is right now due to the high price of so Peugeot is launching this car as a subsidised lease-only vehicle. For a per month fee customers get a four-year contract including full servicing and maintenance. Factor in an recharge cost of £2.50 for 120 plus congestion and parking in many cities like and running costs will offset the high lease However, Peugeot expects all of its circa 300-500 first sales to be made to businesses to be seen to be green.

PEUGEOT iOn Electric Cars

Still unlike so many EVs, including Mitsubishi, electric car is no longer a concept or a but the first properly safety-tested reality from a mainstream and for this Peugeot should be

Price: £415 pm (lease)

47kW, 63bhp

0-62mph: secs

Top speed: 80mph

93miles

Full recharge 6hrs

PEUGEOT iOn Electric Cars

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