The Peugeot iOn started life as a Mitsubishi i city car, and now the gasoline engine has been replaced with the electric vehicle components from the Mitsubishi i-Miev.
Even though the Peugeot iOn shares all of it’s mechanicals with the Mitsubishi i-Miev, it is more expensive. The iOn has a range of 93 miles and comes with a unique set of bumpers and safety gear that the Mitsubishi i-Miev doesn’t have. There’s only one body type, the slim 5 door style, and only one trim level on the Peugeot iOn, where as the Mitsubishi i-Miev will have a few different trim options.
The Peugeot iOn comes with 16 inch alloy wheels and a slightly altered front bumper when compared to the Mitsubishi i-Miev. Inside is quite spacious, but the interior is very plain and the plastics look cheap – the same complaints the Mitsubishi i-Miev is getting.
As you’ve already guessed, the Peugeot iOn will not be available in North America. When it’s sold in Europe it will be free from road tax and congestion charge and it eligible for a £5,000 government grant for electric vehicles.
Peugeot will be offering a chance for buyers to lease the iOn rather than buy it outright. There is a 5 year, 30,000 mile warranty from the manufacturer followed by a 3 year free support from the Peugeot dealer network.
The Peugeot iOn scored 4 out of 5 stars on the Euro NCAP crash tests.