Electric scheme begins for mayor of London
Peugeot’s new all-electric iOn city car has rounded up a tour of the UK at London’s City Hall.
The iOn was presented to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, by the MD of Peugeot UK, Jon Goodman and the meeting was scheduled to promote a local scheme called Source London, due to launch this spring, which aims to turn the city into the “electric car capital of the world".
Source London intends to reduce pollution and improve driver experience within the capital city by providing better infrastructure and support for electric vehicles.
Currently there are more than 250 electric charge points in London and Source London is committed to doubling the number of charge points in the capital and will provide at least 1300 publicly accessible points by the end of 2013.
Meanwhile the UK Government is providing £250 million for electric vehicles in the form of a £5,000 grant to buyers and funds to support a charging infrastructure around the country.
The Peugeot iOn is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and also uses other systems which recharge the batteries under braking.
The iOn has a maximum range of 93 miles and can be fully charged from a household socket in six hours. In terms of performance the iOn will achieve a top speed of 81mph.
The car is only available through lease schemes and costs £415 per month over a four-year term for up to 40,000 miles.
Peugeot’s electric city car was developed in collaboration with both Mitsubishi and Citroen where it will be marketed as the i MiEV and C-Zero by the two companies respectively.
The differences in the iOn and the other manufacturer versions are purely superficial throughout the interior and exterior.