Peugeot iOn (2011 – 2018) Review

Peugeot iOn (2011 – 2018) At A Glance


+Fun to drive small electric town car. Has a 90-mile range. Fuel cost for 10,000 miles a mere £208.

-£415 a month four year all-inclusive lease is expensive. Huge cost of replacement batteries effectively writes the cars off.

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Instead of selling its version of the Mitsubishi i-MIEV, Peugeot is offering it on a £415pm 4 year all inclusive lease only.  This sounds dear until you add the cost of the fuel: just £210 for £10,000 miles compared to around£1,700 for a conventional car doing 30mpg.

Peugeot iON 2010 Road Test

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Would an electric car cope with hilly terrain?

"We currently have a Honda Jazz CVT. My my wife, who has limited mobility, really likes it. However, we feel that with the type of motoring that we do, journeys up to about 25 miles from home, that an electric car would be a good alternative. Our area is quite hilly, which makes quite a dent in our Jazz's petrol consumption (45+mpg on relatively level roads down to 40mpg going over hills). Would an electric car cope with this? With battery rental, the impression I get is that the cost would be about the same as filling up with petrol, which somewhat defeats the object of an electric car. At the moment, we are thinking of a Nissan Leaf, but would value your views if there were an alternative. Are the used versions any good? I understand that Honda do a Hybrid CVT for the Jazz."
Yes, hills will make a significant dent in the range of electric cars. But my parents live in Hexham Northumberland which has steep hills in the town itself and all around and there are a number of Nissan Leaf and Nissan eNV200 electric vans operating in the area, so they must make sense. Better to go for one with longer range batteries though. Good choice these days. Kia Soul electric, Hyundai Ioniq electric, Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and plenty of secondhand Mitsubishi i-Miev, Citroen C-ZERO, Peugeot iOn, Renault Fluence ZE, etc going cheap. Honda did a Mk II Jazz hybrid. Plenty of Yaris hybrids. The Toyota Auris hybrid works well. Prius extremely popular.
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Electric vehicle battery warranty

"I recently bought a Peugot Ion electric vehicle, 3 years old but with very low mileage. I am generally delighted with the car but disappointed with the battery performance so did some checks to discover it was only charging to about 80% of its advertised capacity, and seems to have 2 cells (of 88) performing much worse than the others. I think this would indicate a defective battery which should be fixed under the 5 year battery warranty. The problem is, all batteries suffer degradation in normal use, and nowhere does the warranty say exactly what constitutes a defective battery. Is there any 'case law' regarding what an EV battery warranty should cover? I have not spoken to Peugot yet - wanted to get my facts straight first."
No specific case law that I know of. You are correct that these batteries gradually lose their capacity to hold a full charge, but if the battery in the car you bought came with a couple of failed cells then that is a fault that was present in the vehicle before you bought it and the supplier of the car is liable:
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We like our new Peugeot iOn electric car.

"I have gone bonkers and bought a Peugeot iOn 3 weeks ago for £16,000. For what we do, some 700 miles a year on the small island of Jersey, it makes some sense. And we are rather impressed. "
That's interesting because I've driven the iOn, but wasn't convinced by Peugeot's plans to market it on a very expensive PCP. This worked out equivalent to a list price of something like £38,000. But since you got yours for less than half of that, good luck to you. It's ideal for an island like Jersey, just 9 miles by 5, where diesels with DPFs choke themselves to death. Currently (er), the best upcoming electric car is the Renault Zoe from £13,650 new, plus £70 a month to hire the battery pack.
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