The prices of the Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero electric vehicles have dropped by £6939 to £21,216 (which include the government’s £5000 plug-in car grant). These two companies confirmed that it will improve the availability of the two cars. Citroën is boosting the sales of its C-Zero and will increase from 11 dealerships to 21.
Meanwhile, the On will be sold be sold in 23 Peugeot dealerships. These companies have presented new contract hire rates, which cost from £249 each month, and are based over three years and 30,000 miles. Powering the iOn and C-Zero electric pair is a rear-mounted 64bhp electric motor.
Meanwhile, the 88-cell, 16kWh lithium ion battery pack is positioned under the centre of the vehicle. Charging it from a domestic socket takes six hours. It’s expected to go 93 miles in free-flowing traffic with the air-con turned off. If the car goes through a crowded city while the air-con blows air, its distance will be cut to about 46 miles.
Electric vans could be presented into the ranges in Peugeot and Citroën. The Peugeot Partner electric van and Citroen electric Berlingo van will be offered in the government’s maximum £8000 EV grant.
Phil Robson, Peugeot UK’s Fleet and Used Car Director, commented: “2011 marked a return of EVs for Peugeot in the UK. We want to continue to develop our EV strategy as the technology becomes more accepted by consumers and the charging infrastructure continues to develop. Peugeot has been at the forefront of the EV market with iOn and this latest development is a key part in our low CO2 strategy.”
Citroën C-Zero is new in the vehicle industry. It is a full-electric vehicle powered by a magnet synchronous motor with a 47 kW (64 bph) EEC from 3,000 to 6,000 rpm. It has a 180 Nm maximum torque available from 2,000 rpm. The single-speed reduction gear transmits the power to the rear axle.
The latest-generation 330-volt lithium-ion battery system powers the motor. It is comprised of 88 50-Ah cells and is mounted in the centre of the car. The battery weight is light. Thanks to the lithium-ion technology. It is lighter than the conventional battery but provides equivalent performance. Another good thing about the battery is its resistance to partial charges.
It is easy to charge and use. To recharge the battery, just plug the supply cord into 220-volt socket. It will only take six hours to complete the charge and will only take 30 minutes to reach an 80% charge using an external station single-phase current of 125 A at 400 V for the power of up to 50 kWh. When it comes to using the car, the process is pretty simple.
Once you turn the ignition key, you will hear a beep which indicates that the car is running. It does come with an automatic gearbox and drives just like a regular car. The battery charge indicator replaced the traditional fuel gauge. Daily driving is said to compose of brief trips of shorter than 40 km (on average), with about 70% of the trips being shorter than 30 km.