Peugeot has opened the order books on its all-electric iOn ahead the car’s expected on sale date of late 2010.
The car is the firm’s version of the Mitsubishi iMiEV and it was revealed on the eve of the Frankfurt motor show in September. Citroen launched its own version, the C-Zero, last week.
A Peugeot spokesman told Autocar that the exact terms of its availability had yet to be decided, but pre-reservations were now being taken on the iOn.
“We’ve yet to decide whether the car will be available to buy outright or whether you will lease it due to the cost of the batteries,” said the spokesman.
“We’ve had significant interest from both private and fleet sectors and we’ll be finalising our plans about how exactly we’ll market it nearer the on-sale date.”
Power comes from a permanent magnetic synchronous motor, which produces 47kW (64bhp). It produces 133lb ft of torque between 0 and 2000rpm and power is sent to the rear axle by a single-speed reduction gear.