Peugeot has started to take pre-reservations for its electric car, the Peugeot iOn in the UK. Already the marque has signed letters of intent with a number of companies and local authorities across Europe, for the vehicle to become part of their car-sharing and vehicle fleets.
The Peugeot iOn 'zero-emissions' electric vehicle will be introduced at the end of 2010. The vehicle, developed in co-operation with the Mitsubishi Motor Corporation (MMC), will offer a zero-emission urban transport solution for private, fleet and local authority users.
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.
The Peugeot iOn is the ideal solution for the ever-increasing challenges of urban mobility versus environmental protection. Busy urban areas will be the favourite playground of the Peugeot iOn. 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" which authorises data transfer (battery status, distance covered, distance to travel before maintenance is due, etc.) thus providing assistance especially for fleet operators.
There will also be no compromise on safety or comfort; the Peugeot iOn will feature ABS, traction control, ESP and six airbags as well as electric windows, air conditioning and a range of audio equipment.
The Peugeot iOn also illustrates Peugeot's commitment to integrate within its 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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