Peugeot has released new information about the iOn electric vehicle. It is essentially a rebadged Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Peugeot has released new information about the iOn electric vehicle.

Essentially a rebadged Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the iOn features an 88-cell lithium-ion battery pack which sends power an electric motor with 47 kW (64 PS / 63 hp) and 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 15.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).

For those suffering from range anxiety, Peugeot says the car can travel up to 150 km (10 km less than the i-MiEV) before needing a recharge. This isn't all that bad, considering 90% of "daily trips" are less than 60 km.

When the batteries are fully depleted, they can be recharged with a standard 220V household outlet in approximately six hours. If that isn't fast enough, a three-phase 380V rapid charger can replenish the battery 50% in fifteen minutes and 80% in thirty minutes.

In terms of styling, the iOn has a unique Peugeot logo (which is pearlescent white / chrome), alloy wheels, fog lamps, and automatic headlights. Inside, the cabin boasts remote control central locking, air conditioning, electric windows, and an MP3/CD audio system with Bluetooth / USB connectivity. Options include a cold weather package (heated driver seat and electric mirror deicing), a navigation system, and a commercial vehicle package which eliminates the rear seats allowing for a load capacity of 1.1 cubic meters.

The iOn will be available through an all-inclusive five year lease (which includes the vehicle, the battery pack, service / maintenance, and a five / 50,000 km warranty) for €499 per month (including VAT).

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