The Peugeot iOn Electric Hatchback carries a reasonably basic but functional trim, with the minimum of standard fixtures, probably because Peugeot decided that as there would be so few people travelling in the car, and for such a short daily journey, there was little point in going over the top, trim wise. The iOn does come with fog lamps, remote central locking, power front and rear windows, power folding exterior mirrors, climate control, leather bound steering wheel, tinted rear windows and fifteen inch alloy wheels with 145 / 65 R15 energy saver tyres.
Safety features for the Peugeot iOn Electric Hatchback are as any fuel driven vehicle, taking in front and side impact airbags, ABS with electronic brake force distributor (EBFD), cornering stability control to electronic anti-lock brakes. The iOn's framework had been designed and constructed to include integrated crumple zones that will absorb and disperse impact energy in the event of an accident.
With cautious but steady progress going on in the electrically powered sector, the Peugeot is already up against some opposition in the category, firstly from its clones, the Citroen C-Zero and Mitsubishi i-MiEV as well as from the Renault Fluence Z.E., Bollor? Bluecar, Nissan Leaf, and the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.
To show how much they believe in their iOn concept, Peugeot have stepped up with an outstanding eight year or 80,000 warranties on the electric hatchback.
There is no doubt that the Peugeot iOn Electric Hatchback is part of a revolution in energy that is bound to gain impetus over the years. Anyone considering acquiring an iOn cannot afford to be too impulsive and plan down to the last 100 yards how their daily journey will be, to avoid the unpleasant experience of running out of energy! As a city car, there can be very little to beat it, with zero emissions, a totally silent engine and tremendous maneuverability. Trade reviews are tremendously excited and very much in favor. However there is still an element of the unknown about the iOn in particular and 100% battery powered electric cars in general. In the long term, if a global framework for charging batteries can be established, then the entire concept will look completely different.