Peugeot will introduce at the end of 2010 a new edition to its comprehensive model range, the i0n “zero-emissions” electric vehicle. This vehicle, developed in co-operation with Mitsubishi Motor Company (MMC), is aimed at both retail and fleet customers.
Peugeot has a long history in electric vehicles and, with the Peugeot 106 Electric which was produced between 1995 and 2003, remains to this day the manufacturer who has sold the most “zero emission” electric vehicles in the world.
With this strong grounding, Peugeot will return to the production and selling of electric vehicles with the launch of the all new electric vehicle the i0n across Europe from the end of 2010.
The i0n will have a potential range of 80 miles due to the use of lithium-ion batteries and will be the ideal solution for the ever-increasing challenges of urban mobility versus environmental protection.
Busy urban areas will be the favourite playground of the i0n. With four doors and four seats, a compact length of 3.48 m and a turning circle of 4.50 m, it will be ideal for busy congested city centres. It develops a maximum power output of 64 bhp and a torque of 180 Nm and, with its maximum speed of 80 mph, it will have all the performance it needs in this busy environment. It has an operating range of 80 miles on a single charge of its lithium-ion batteries and they can be recharged in six hours using a conventional mains power supply or recharged to 80% capacity within thirty minutes, thanks to its fast charging system.
These performance levels allow this "zero-emission" city car to offer a good level of versatility, comparable in performance and comfort to a small conventional internal combustion engine vehicle.
Its respect for the environment par excellence, its compact size, safety and simple operation will be its best, but by no means only, attributes.
In fact, onboard it will also include some innovative functions, thanks in particular to the "localised communication unit". This unit not only authorises the emergency call system for which Peugeot is a leader in terms of deployment throughout Europe (location of vehicles at the time of an accident and triggering the dispatch of suitable emergency services) but also authorises data transfer (battery status, distance covered, distance to travel before maintenance is due, etc…) thus providing assistance especially for fleet operators.
The i0n also illustrates Peugeot's commitment to integrate within their model range different automotive solutions, suited to different urban mobility needs. It also represents one of the key elements of the Brand's strategy, to reduce its environmental footprint and the dependence on fossil fuels.
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