Peugeot and Citroën have slashed its prices of the Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero electric vehicles

Peugeot and Citroën have slashed the price of the Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero electric vehicles by £6939 to £21,216 (including the government’s £5000 plug-in car grant).

Both firms have also confirmed that the availability of both cars will be improved; Citroën will ramp up sales of its C-Zero from 11 dealerships to 21, while the iOn will be sold in 23 Peugeot dealerships.

Both firms have also introduced new contract hire rates, which cost from £249 per month, based over three years and 30,000 miles.

The iOn and C-Zero electric pair are powered by a rear-mounted 64bhp electric motor, while the 88-cell, 16kWh lithium ion battery pack is mounted under the centre of the vehicle. They take six hours to charge from a domestic socket and will do 93 miles in free-flowing traffic with the air-con turned off. A crowded city with the air-con blowing will reduce that range to around 46 miles.

From 2013, Peugeot and Citroën will introduce electric vans into their ranges. Both the Peugeot Partner electric van and Citroen electric Berlingo van will be available with the government’s maximum £8000 EV grant.

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19 March 2012

At first these strange little 4 door Smarts looked daft, but as electric cars dont work outside of an urban environment they make more sense. Good to see the prices c oming down too, although they are still way too high for most. I have seen a few Leafs about (or the same one a few times) but none of these, so maybe this is the push they need. I doubt it though, i dont think we are ready for the idea of electric cars yet, i wouldnt feel comfortable in a car with a range of a little over 40 miles

19 March 2012

[quote Autocar]Peugeot and Citroën have slashed the price of the Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero electric vehicles by £6939 to £21,216 (including the government’s £5000 plug-in car grant).

Both firms have also confirmed that the availability of both cars will be improved; Citroën will ramp up sales of its C-Zero from 11 dealerships to 21, while the iOn will be sold in 23 Peugeot dealerships. Read the full article[/quote] Having just seen one in the last few days it can only be a good thing, because it's an attractive small car.

Peter Cavellini.

19 March 2012

so without the 5k subsidy its £26k . even at £21k I just cant see the attraction. there is a finite distance your can really drive one of these in a year as it will spend alot of its time being un-drivable (as it will be plugged in) even if you wanted/needed it. Also you can buy a decent city car for sub £10k . the difference in price even at the massive petrol prices is just to high. Also we have to remember that at some point the man at No11 will start to get annoyed by everyone not paying their fuel duty and come up with a way of taxing the juice

19 March 2012

[quote dobbie100]Also we have to remember that at some point the man at No11 will start to get annoyed by everyone not paying their fuel duty and come up with a way of taxing the juice[/quote]

If that happens, expect to see a lot of lamposts with mysteriously broken covers.

At least if your EV gets nicked, you know they can't go far in it and it'll never end up as the subject of a Motorway Cops Special.

19 March 2012

The Mitsubishi i-car with 660cc petrol engine on which these are based cost about £9,000 new and are available used between £4,500 and £6,000.

Who are they trying to kid?

19 March 2012

click for the electric Citroens on Auto Trader right now, all of which show little more than delivery miles:

autotrader.co.uk/search/used/cars/citroen/c_zero/

Cheap cheap (well, comparatively speaking..)

While we may scoff at Citroen's legendary low depreciation (cough), why are there no Pugs? And would anyone REALLY SERIOUSLY have paid the original £33,155 sticker cost on the C Zero or iOn? Bonkers pricing is the main reason these things ain't selling - nobody seems to have cottoned on to the fact they appeal to people who want to save money, not hose it about recklessly. Other reasons include, how much is the battery to replace five years from now? The entire car becomes this environmentally friendly millstone around your neck.

As for the whole EV concept, well, it's still more than just a bit muddled, isn't it...

19 March 2012

[quote newtoybox]The Mitsubishi i-car with 660cc petrol engine on which these are based cost about £9,000 new and are available used between £4,500 and £6,000.

Who are they trying to kid?

[/quote] Exactly! Excluding the gov grant There still asking 16k for a battery, you would have to be mad! But tesla look promising with a car that does 0-60 in under 6 seconds and a range of 300 miles in the tesla model s at the right price this should be a good car.

19 March 2012

[quote ThwartedEfforts]Bonkers pricing is the main reason these things ain't selling - nobody seems to have cottoned on to the fact they appeal to people who want to save money, not hose it about recklessly.[/quote]

Precisely. Perhaps one reason PSA has suddenly come over all generous is the announcement that the Renault Zoe will cost from under £14k after the government grant.

If you're going to go down that route, though, I can't see how you'd choose the older C-Zero/iOn which still costs £7k more than the new Zoe?


19 March 2012

The truth of the matter is that we just do not yet have the technology to make electric vehicles viable.

Until we have 400+ mile ranges, longer battery life and pricing parity with equivalent petrol and diesl cars, few, apart from wealthy urban greeny people, will bother.

19 March 2012

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Precisely. Perhaps one reason PSA has suddenly come over all generous is the announcement that the Renault Zoe will cost from under £14k after the government grant.

If you're going to go down that route, though, I can't see how you'd choose the older C-Zero/iOn which still costs £7k more than the new Zoe

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I think you have a point, but the Zoe wont have a battery at that price, you still have to lease that after buying the car

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