Tuesday 17 October 2017

Peugeot goes the extra mile with electric car to ease range anxiety

Ion

THE Ion is Peugeot’s new electric car – a close cousin of Mitsubishi’s iMIEV. But the French maker claims they’ve managed to eke out an extra 30pc of range (150km). They’re not saying how.

It’s a tall, four-seater that’s 3.48 metres long. It has six airbags, two Isofix fittings, ABS, ESP etc as standard as well as air-con and electric windows ( just the one spec level).

A 64bhp motor propels it silently, as we found when we drove it in Paris on Monday. It was certainly comfortable and easy to get around in as we drove through suburbia, industrial areas and a stretch of dual carriageway.

You can give it a 20pc charge in five minutes, 50pc in 15 minutes and 80pc in half an hour.

The full charge, on a household socket, takes six hours. Range anxiety remains the dominant concern for electrics, but Peugeot points out that 90pc of daily trips are under 60km. By the same token that 150km can be achieved, but elements such as air-con and heating can soak up good-sized chunks of range too.

Initially the Ion will be loaned out to government bodies here for assessment and there are no indications of how or when it will get to the general market, or what it will cost. But it is another indication of how all marques are now looking to have an electric dimension.

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