Japanese Electric Car Has a French Cousin
We now have confirmation of a deal that we reported on 9 months ago; PSA Peugeot Citroën will be selling a version of the Mitsubishi i MiEV electric car in Europe. It will be called iOn (the name is a slight improvement on the original). Peugeot targets the end of 2010 for a launch, though the question is: will they only lease them to fleet operators, or to private citizens too?
The i MiEV electric car on which the Peugeot iOn is based. Photo: Mitsubishi
Green Car Congress writes: "With four doors and four seats, a length of 3.48 m and a turning circle of 4.50 m, the iOn all-electric Peugeot vehicle will develop a maximum power output of 47 kW (64 bhp) and a torque of 180 N·m, with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). The lithium-ion battery pack supports a range of 130 km (81 miles) on the European cycle, and is rechargeable in six hours using a conventional 220 V socket or to 80% capacity within thirty minutes with a 50 kW quick charge."
Electric range is 160 kilometers (100 miles) using the Japanese 10-15 cycle. The battery pack - which I assume will be the same as the i MiEV - uses a lithium-ion chemistry and can store 16 kWh of power. The average energy consumption of the i MiEV/iOn is 125 Wh/km.
The original report mentioned that Mitsubishi will provide "more than 10,000" electric cars to Peugeot in 2011. No update on that.
Via Peugeot, Green Car Congress
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