Mitsubishi Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroen are mobilizing quickly to get EVs in front of consumers after a recently signed EV collaboration. Peugeot is using the long-in-developing Mitsubishi MiEV as the template for its first production EV, the iOn. This model will first appear at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show before hitting European streets at the end of 2010. The Peugeot iOn is a four-door all-electric vehicle designed for city dwellers looking to get around.
The iOn is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack capable of recharging within six hours with a standard household outlet. iOn drivers will be able to travel up to 81 miles per charge, ideal for commuters living and working within dense urban environments. Peugeot designed its first EV with fast-paced city streets in mind by setting the maximum speed at 81 miles per hour. The truly innovative aspect of the Peugeot iOn, however, is the onboard communications system.
Peugeot is aiming for fleet buyers with the onboard communication system in the iOn. This system transfers information on mileage, battery power and maintenance benchmarks from vehicle to vehicle or vehicle to headquarters. The iOn allows features an emergency phone system so that drivers can contact police, ambulances and firefighters from accident sites. The Peugeot iOn is an impressive first step for the automaker toward smart and eco-friendly vehicles.
Peugeot is looking beyond the iOn with its presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker plans to present its 3008 Hybrid4 as well as the RCZ Hybrid4 in Frankfurt. The 3008 Hybrid4 is a four-wheel drive, 200 horsepower hybrid slated for release in spring 2011. Peugeot is throwing its focus far into the future with the concept RCZ Hybrid4, which is still relatively unknown ahead of the show.
Mitsubishi and Peugeot look to gain mutually from its EV collaboration. Peugeot looks beyond its European markets for Asian, African and American consumers with the help of the Mitsubishi brand. Mitsubishi may be lending its MiEV concept to Peugeot for the moment but the automaker stands to gain ground in the European market. In the end, models like the Peugeot iOn look like the vanguard of urban EVs needed for green mobility on a global scale in the future.