Peugeot to launch own version of Mitsubishi electric car

Peugeot is to
introduce its own version of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car.

The i0n
“zero-emissions” electric vehicle looks exactly the same as the i-MiEV, just
with a Peugeot badge and wheels stuck on.

The world
premiere will be at the Frankfurt Show and it will be available across Europe
from the end of 2010.

The i0n will
have lithium-ion batteries and a potential range of 80 miles. Like the i-MiEV,
it will have four doors and four seats. Maximum power output will be 64 bhp
with a maximum speed of 80 mph.

Its
lithium-ion batteries can be recharged in six hours using a conventional mains
power supply or recharged to 80% capacity within thirty minutes with its fast
charging system.

It will come
with a “localised communication unit” which authorises the emergency
call system (identifying the location of vehicles at the time of an accident
and triggering the dispatch of emergency services) and which also allows data
transfer (battery status, distance covered, distance to travel before
maintenance is due, etc).

Peugeot is
proud of the claim that it is the number one manufacturer of electric vehicles
– so you would have thought that the company would develop their own car rather
than rebadge a Mitsubishi.