Peuegot has announced that the re-badged Mitsubishi iMiEV that will sell starting in 2010 will be called the iOn. The new iOn, which of course uses lithium ion batteries, follows a 1994 Peugeot electric vehicle concept of the same name. The new car will be available late next year and Peugeot has committed to offering the electric city car to both retail and fleet customers from day one. No pricing has been announced yet, although it will likely rely heavily on subsidies from European governments to make it affordable. The iMiEV that recently launched production in Japan is going for an eye-popping $47,000 before tax incentives (around $31,300 after incentives).
Peugeot will show the iOn next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Mitsubishi has claimed the iMiEV has a range of 100 miles per charge, but that is based on the notoriously optimistic Japanese 10/15 driving cycle. Peugeot has dropped the range estimate to just 80 miles based on the somewhat more conservative NEDC test, although even that number is probably farther than most most real world users will get.
Gallery: Peugeot iOn EV
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