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Special Offer: Peugeot iOn for just £12,999 On The Road whilst stock lasts, from participating dealers.
Peugeot have had a long history with Electric Vehicles since the Peugeot 106 Electric back in the mid-1990s - the first semi-production model to sell in real numbers in Europe. Their return to the EV market is the spiritual successor to the 106: the Peugeot iOn. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to its sister car, Citroën's C-Zero, and even more to the vehicle on which they're both based, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Peugeot and Citroën offerings are now the most affordable electric cars on the market today.
There is no denying that the Peugeot iOn is broadly
similar to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, largely being a
rebadging exercise, but that is no bad thing in the
fledgling EV market. Mitsubishi have had various
incarnations of i-MiEV for around 5 years so it is a
well-proven vehicle. Peugeot/Citroën's
pre-existing relationship with Mitsubishi to buy-in
other low volume models (they also rebadge the Outlander
4x4 model as the Peugeot 4007) meant it was an obvious
choice as a partner. And it's not the first
collaboration: Peugeot 107, Citroën C1 and Toyota Aygo
are all basically the same car.
In terms of specification, the Peugeot and Citroën
products are identical
so what are the differences between Peugeot iOn
and the Mitsubishi upon which it is based? Well,
the most noteworthy addition is Peugeot Connect, fitted
to all other Peugeots now, allowing you to summon
roadside assistance or the emergency services at the
touch of a button - or automatically in the case of an
accident. A built-in SIM card, mobile phone
technology and a GPS allow emergency calls to be tracked
and the vehicle location pinpointed. On Peugeot
iOn the service extends cover to running out of juice -
a comforting safety blanket, especially for a novice EV
The mature one?
Using the Type 2 (Mennekes) cable will charge iOn 30%
faster, as will using the wallbox at home.
Following a recent price drop, Peugeot iOn and Citroën
C-Zero now have the lowest (battery included) purchase
price of any of the Plug-In Car Grant eligible vehicles
at just £21,216 On The Road, including VAT and PICG.
Businesses can contract hire at just £249+VAT per month
on a 3-year, 30,000 mile basis. When factoring in the
potential to save over £100 per month on fuel charges,
nil road tax, exemption from Congestion Charge (in
London, with a £10 annual admin fee) and, as a business,
0% Benefit-In-Kind (Company Car tax) for an employee
& nil National Insurance contributions for the
employer, you can quickly see how affordable
Peugeot iOn really can be. Businesses can claim
100% First Year Allowance against tax reducing the
effective purchase price significantly.
In common with the stablemates, Peugeot iOn is a nimble, agile EV with generous interior space for 4 adults considering its small footprint on the road. Fantastic steering lock make it incredibly manoeuvrable and at home in the city. There are a good choice of colours (better than the Mitsubishi i-MiEV on which it is based) of solid, metallic and pearlescent shades, but just the one rather dark and sombre interior with a blue hue to the dashboard top.
Avoid the pearlescent black paint unless it is really
important to a business brand etc. since it will require
greater ventilation or air-conditioning in summer.
The only option of the Cold Pack (heated drivers seat
and heated mirrors) at just £155 (inc VAT) should always
be specified: the heated seat can take the chill off and
avoid use of the energy-hungry main heating, preserving
The standard 10A charging cable that comes with the car
for away-from-home use is slow: future public charging
stations will use 'Type 2' (commonly referred to as
'Mennekes') connectors which can charge 35% faster so if
you plan to charge elsewhere, especially in Plugged in
Places areas, it is advisable to buy
one of these cables.
It is presently the cheapest EV on the market (along
with Citroën C-Zero) undercutting both the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV
as an outright purchase with a competitive Contract Hire
rate if that is the preferable route.
Peugeot iOn is £21,216 inc VAT (including the Plug-In Car Grant) or is available for £249+VAT per month on a 36-month (3+35) and 10,000 miles per annum contract. Special offer: Limited stock available at £12,999. Contact for details.