Buy PSA EV, borrow conventional car

September 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Peugeot and Citroen have both announced details of their lease programmes for their electric city cars, the iON and C-Zero (both based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV). Peugeot is offering the iON in an all-in five-year plan which includes servicing and maintenance (up to 31,000 miles), a battery/powertrain warranty for five years, the Peugeot Connect communications system, smartphone applications and membership of Peugeot’s Mu mobility scheme, giving access to other types of vehicle (such as larger, conventionally-powered cars) when required. The programme’s E499 a month in France, and Citroen is expected to offer a similar deal. More news at the Paris Auto Show, UK-specific details to follow.

PSA plans to sell 7,000 C-Zeros and iONs next year, building up to a figure of 30,000 a year by 2015. The Nikkei also reports that a further EV tie-up with Mitsubishi is under discussion to make a small electric van. Production’s scheduled for the European market in 2012, apparently, with a target of 50,000 a year to be built in Vigo, Spain.

  • Researchers at IBM are working on battery technology which could give a car a range of 500 miles between recharges, reports the New York Times. The Battery 500 team, based in San Jose, California, is developing an energy storage known as lithium air, which uses air as a reactant. Lithium air batteries are said to have ten times the energy density of lithium-ion, and to weigh much less. The project’s still a very long away from fruition, however.
  • Toyota is to build a hybrid version of the Yaris in Valenciennes, France, reports a Japanese paper. It’s for sale in Europe as a rival for the Honda Jazz hybrid.
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