PSA/Peugeot-Citroen to offer advanced telematics system in its upcoming electric vehicles

Article by Christian A., on June 17, 2010

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA's upcoming electric vehicles will be equipped with a dedicated, advanced telematics system, which makes them distinctive from the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the model where they were based.

When the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero – which are basically twin models – make their debut later this year, they will be offered with the new version of Peugeot Connect, PSA's onboard communications and navigation system as standard.

In an interview earlier this month with Automotive News Europe, PSA electric vehicles director Ayoul Grouvel said that this will allow them to get real-time data on the actual use of the cars and the status of their batteries. He explained that these data will be vital to improve their understanding of how the electric vehicles are being used.

This system will also give peace of mind to customers because if the electric car's battery runs out of power, the car owners can get help with a click on a button anytime of the day. The car is linked to a satellite-based navigation system, meaning that the PSA call center agent can send assistance to the exact location.

Propulsion for the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero is provided by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that can deliver 47 kW of max output at between 3,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm. The electric motor allows for peak torque of 180 Nm from just 2,000 rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through the single-speed reduction gear.

The Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero gets their juice from a 330-volt lithium-ion battery system with 88 50-Ah cells. By using lithium ion ensures, the weight of the battery is kept low. In addition, since lithium ion is resistant to partial charges, the life of the battery is increased as well.

To completely recharge the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero, they have to be plugged on a 220-volt household outlet for six hours. But for only 30 minutes, dedicated 380-volt fast-charging stations can provide an 80 percent charge. The new Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero can accommodate four occupants thanks to their wheelbase of 2.55 meters. They also offer a boot of 166 liters and are provided with power steering, power windows, air conditioning, six airbags, ABS, ESP and TCS.

Both Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero were developed through a partnership between PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi, as derived from the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Mitsubishi first launched the i-MiEV in Japan, first to fleet customers in July 2009 and to general public on April 2010.

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV -- -- MiEV is an acronym for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle -- five-door electric hatchback is basically the electric version of the Mitsubishi i. Based on the Mitsubishi i kei car, the new i-MiEV was first shown at the 22nd International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition in Yokohama, Japan.

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