Peugeot Charges Ahead With The 2011 'ion' Electric Car
FRANKFURT, GERMANY - French car company Peugeot displayed their 'ion' electric car in late 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Peugeot says they plan to introduce the production version of the ion to Europe at the end of 2010 as a 2011 model. Peugeot's ion electric car is a 100% zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) and derives its motive power from a lithium ion battery back. The Peugeot ion has a full charge driving range of 130 km (81.3 miles).
The Peugeot ion is a 4-door family class vehicle whose overall length is 3.48 metres. The ion's electric motor has a maximum power output of 47 kW (64 hp) and produces a respectable 180 Nm of torque. Top speed of the ion is 130 km/h (81.3 mph) which allows the car to take to the highway without any restrictions. Peugeot says that charging the ion off of a European 220 V householdÂ outlet takes six hours, and that the lithium-ion battery pack can also be charged off of a commercial fast charger in about 30 minutes.
It is anticipated that Peugeot will initiate their sales of the ion electric carÂ first in France and then roll out the vehicle to other European cities and towns with potential further marketing of the car in other international markets thereafter. Based upon the deployment strategy of other electric car manufacturers, Peugeot will probably look to work with towns/cities that have installed supporting battery charging station infrastructures so as to give their electric car program a strong foundation for success.