Peugeot iON - Electric Car

The French car manufacturer announced way back in the 90s it had plans for a 100% electrically-powered car. Keeping its promise, it has just released the Peugeot iON electric car, which has a roomy feel inside the cabin and costs nothing to run. It sounds good but, as with any electric car, there are downsides as well.

Peugeot ION - Electric Car

Peugeot iON - Car Tax Exempt

Being solely powered by electricity, the tiny Peugeot iON does not pay car tax in the UK, meaning customers can save at least £100 per year compared to other superminis. The firm is aiming for government offices rather than the general public as buyers, so any savings the councils can make will be beneficial to all of us.

Peugeot iON - C02 Emissions

The simple answer is zero. If we forget about how much industrial emission is pumped out when making the lithium ion battery pack, the Peugot iON does not emit anything from its exhaust pipe, as it is an Electric Car - in fact it doesn't even have an exhaust pipe!

Peugeot iON - Safety

There is a driver airbag, power steering, ABS (anti-lock braking system) and stability control, but overall the cabin is lacking any confidence when it comes to feeling safe, although side impact protection bars in the doors would help in the event of an accident.

Peugeot iON - Battery Re-Charge

Other than having to find a place to recharge the battery every 93 miles, there are very few running costs. The insurance group has yet to be announced, but, no doubt, it will be higher than most superminis out there due to the complexity of the car and the expense of replacement parts should anything go wrong.

Peugeot iON - Seating

The seating is more akin to that of an early 90s car, with flat, unsupportive seats and a bland interior. This is a car that is all about its electric motor, not about a luxurious driving experience.

Peugeot Ion - Electric Car

Peugeot iON - Interior

The switchgear looks as if it was pulled from a Peugeot 106, and rumours are stating just that. The scratchy plastics inside are not in keeping with today's cars, particularly Peugeot's other models but, due to the high production costs of the electric motor, cuts have been made elsewhere.

Peugeot iON - Performance

Top speed is 81mph and the 0-60mph time comes in at just under 16 seconds. The little iON is best suited to city driving, due to the rate at which the battery power depletes when driving anything faster than 30mph. From a standing start, its performance is brisk due to the linear power delivery of the motor, which has 133lb/ft on tap from 1900rpm.

Peugeot iON - Space for 4 people

It's not the most practical of cars and it’s a squeeze to fit four adults in. Two adults and two children is just about right and there is very little boot space, so don't expect the iON to be a load-lugger. There are, though, cup-holders and a large glove-box.

Peugeot iON - Battery Power

The Peugeot iON feels keen under 40mph and has a briskness about it, but the suspension is only tuned to take corners at low speeds. If you try to press on, you’ll get understeer and lots of tyre noise. It's best to just potter around in the iON and try and make the battery power last as long as possible.

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