With environmental awareness becoming a key focus of the UK government, local authorities and the general public, combined with the development of new battery technology, electric vehicles are the perfect fit for urban mobility for today and tomorrow.
The Peugeot iOn combines remarkable packaging with a spacious interior, ease of driving, high levels of safety, big car comfort levels and a high standard specification. It also benefits from all the inherent advantages provided by electric technology, namely unprecedented silence, the absence of tailpipe emissions and superb driveability.
Old technology electric vehicles have previously been limited due to their potential range, however, now with the new battery technologies available, this range has increased considerably.
Thanks to the Peugeot iOn's energy management of its Lithium-ion battery pack and the optimised energy recovery during deceleration and braking, it has a potential range of 93 miles. In practical terms this is sufficient to cover the majority of a motorist's daily trips, 90% of which are less than 35 miles.
It takes six hours to fully recharge the battery using a traditional household socket. A quick charge using a special charging unit provides a 50% charge in only fifteen minutes, or 80% in thirty minutes. Bearing in mind that a conventional car is at a standstill for up to 90% of the time when used in an urban or semi-urban context, the time needed to recharge the iOn is entirely compatible with what motorists are used to.
With average running costs estimated at £2.50 per 120 miles, the energy bill of the Peugeot iOn is unbeatable regardless of which recharging mode is used. Carried out overnight or during "off-peak hours" recharging costs can be reduced further and help optimise the use of available power produced by the electricity supply companies.
An electric vehicle also benefits from a range of cost savings over a conventional internal combustion engined vehicle.
- No petrol or diesel costs - potential saving of £1515 per year
- No Congestion Charge (where applicable) - saving of £1696 annual charge for London
- No Parking charges (where applicable, eg City of Westminster) - potential saving of £1939 per year - £10 x 230 days of parking, less admin fee
Total potential annual saving - £5150 by operating an electric vehicle over a conventional internal combustion powered car.
The Peugeot iOn has the same level of safety equipment as a conventional modern car. Its standard equipment - six air bags, ESP, electronic brake force distribution (EBFD), emergency brake assist (EBA) - and the design of the body structure - will allow it to achieve a four star rating in the 2010-2011 EuroNcap.
The first delivery of the Peugeot iOn will take place in the UK at the end of 2010.Published 10 September 2010