All-electric city car will be available from the end of 2010
17 November 2009

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.

Mitsubishi iMiEV driven on video

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.”

Citroen's new electric city car

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.

A centre-mounted 330-volt lithium-ion battery pack powers the motor and has been included as it is lighter and more durable than nickel-metal hydride batteries, while offering equivalent performance.

A full recharge of the battery pack takes six hours by plugging the car into a conventional 220-volt socket, while an 80 per cent fast charge takes 30 minutes when using a 400-volt socket.

It has a claimed range of 80 miles and a top speed of 80mph. Its 0-62mph time is 15secs and it can get from 37-56mph in 6secs.

Standard features will include ESP, traction control, ABS, electric windows, air conditioning and six airbags.

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17 November 2009

" Its 0-62mph time is 15secs and it can get from 37-56mph in 6secs."

And it needs traction control?

17 November 2009

[quote macaroni]

" Its 0-62mph time is 15secs and it can get from 37-56mph in 6secs."

And it needs traction control?[/quote]

It's all about the wheel spinning torque!



It's all about the twisties........

17 November 2009

The 0-62 time is not very relevant. I am sure it is very at picking up speed up to 40 mph and this is what counts. The only electric car I have seen in the flesh to this day was a Porsche 914 (I think) made by a group of uni students and it was a revelation. Top speed not much but acceleration was phenomenal.

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