The 2011 Peugeot iOn is offers a concrete and accessible response to the challenges of urban mobility and environmental responsibility that there is absolutely no exhaust emission. It is 100% electric car and environmentally-friendly mobility: lithium-ion batteries rechargeable in six hours, quick charge in 30 minutes. The Peugeot iOn has four doors, four seats, a length of 3.48 m and a turning circle radius of 4.50 m.
The 2011 Peugeot iOn develops a maximum power of 47 kW (64 bhp) and a torque of 180 Nm, offering a level of performance perfectly suited to 90% of car journeys. It’s can reach a maximum speed of 130 kph and a comfortable range of 130 km in the European standardised cycle.
Thanks to the energy management of its Lithiumion battery and optimised energy recovery during deceleration and braking, the range as per the European standard cycle is 150 km. In practical terms this is sufficient to cover the majority of a motorists’ daily trips, 90% of which are in fact less than 60 km. It takes 6 hours to fully recharge the battery using a traditional household socket. A quick charge using a special charging unit provides a 50% charge in only fifteen minutes, or 80% in thirty minutes. Bearing in mind that a conventional car is at a standstill for around 90% of the time when used in an urban or semi-urban context, the time needed to recharge the Peugeot iOn is entirely compatible with what motorists are used to.
UNBEATABLE RUNNING COSTS
With running costs between 1.50 and 2.00 per 100 km, the energy bill of the Peugeot iOn is unbeatable regardless of which recharging mode is used.Carried out overnight or during ‘off-peak hours’ recharging costs can be reduced further and help optimise the use of available power produced by the electricity supply companies
CLEAR CUSTOMER INTEREST
Local authorities and governments are in favour of integrating this new technology with state aid and by installing a programme for a re-charging infrastructure. These authorities are also potential customers with their own fleet of vehicles and car-share projects which are envisaged in several cities.
To date Peugeot has already signed fifteen letters of intent with mobility operators, energy companies, leasing and car-sharing companies in a number of European countries.
From the numerous contacts from private individuals received on the special Peugeot iOn website, these individuals are also interested in 100% electric technology when it is proposed by an established manufacturer such as Peugeot. Within the Mu by Peugeot network, the first mobility service offered by a manufacturer, Peugeot iOn will be one of the vehicles available for short term loan. Individuals will therefore be able to try out this new way of getting around town or choose a zero emissions car for a timely trip.
Peugeot is proposing several different technologies in response to the environmental challenges and the different requirements and expectations of today's customers:
- from the first quarter of 2011, the first e-HDi models equipped with the a new-generation STOP & START system will be launched on the 508, giving reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions;
- in the spring the world's first diesel hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, will offer its users a high level specification and a real breakthrough in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with a reduction of 35%, i.e. 3.8 litres/100 km, for 99 g/km of CO2;
- in addition to the Peugeot iOn, the Marque will be putting on sale a 100% electric light commercial vehicle, based initial on the current Partner Origin. iOn will, therefore, not be the Marque's only electric vehicle. The first 100% electric LCV will be a Partner Origin developed by Venturi but for the longer term, work is underway to create new concepts adapted to 100% electric technology.
Battery, range and recharging
- Lithium-Ion battery
- Range: 130 km
- Fully charged in 6 hours from an earthed domestic socket
- Rapid charge using a special terminal from 0 to 80% in 30 minutes
- Peugeot Connect – thanks to a localised communication system – including Peugeot Connect SOS, for emergency calls
- Peugeot Connect Assistance, for breakdown assistance
- Peugeot Connect Fleet, for fleet management
- Mu by Peugeot: à la carte mobility
Its standard equipment – six air bags, ESP, electronic brake force distribution (EBFD), emergency brake assist (EBA) – and the design of its structure, gives the Peugeot iOn the same level of safety equipment as a conventional modern car. At the design stage, strong emphasis was laid on the safety and durability of components of the electric power train. The battery components are contained in a rigid, hermetically-sealed casing ideally positioned under the passenger compartment floor for maximum protection in the event of an impact, in the area most resistant to deformation. This also improves the vehicle’s weight distribution by lowering the centre of gravity. Recharging of the battery, either by a special quick charge unit or by means of a standard electrical socket using a special connecting cable, is controlled automatically according to the monitored parameters of the individual battery cells.
The lithium-ion battery was developed by Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ - joint venture Mitsubishi/GS-Yuasa). They are produced (in Kusatsu in Japan) in the world's first factory dedicated to the mass production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.
The term lithium-ion covers several technologies. The choice of manganese oxide technology (cathodes with a manganese oxide LiMn2O4 base) is the best option to meet the operating requirements and required safety levels set for the vehicle. Each battery module has four or eight 3.7 V cells and a capacity of 50 Ah. With a total of 88 cells, connected in series, the battery pack can store 16 kWh of electrical energy with a nominal voltage of 330 V.
The recharging of each cell in the battery pack is controlled continuously by a control system which includes monitoring of each cell and a central battery controller.