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The 100% electric Peugeot iOn, urban runabout, easy to operate, silent, safe, connected, comfortable and easy to drive with a range of Peugeot Connect services, lets you get around town in a way that’s different and sustainable.

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The environmental awareness expressed by governments, local authorities and citizens, combined with the development of new energy storage technologies, today gives the electric vehicle a new opportunity to put down roots in cities and their outlying areas.

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Peugeot, the world leader in electric vehicles in terms of the number of Electric 106s it sold, takes a new step in emissions reductions by marketing the iOn, the first new-generation 100% electric vehicle.

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A NEW URBAN DRIVING EXPERIENCE: ZERO EMISSIONS, SILENT, PRACTICAL, RESPONSIVE…

The iOn, designed as the ideal car for the city and the suburbs, is targeted mainly at public services and businesses, but also at private individuals.

This city run around combines remarkable packaging with good interior space, unrivalled handling, rigorous safety, and a high level of comfort enhanced by a generous standard specification. Added to this are the advantages inherent in electric technology, namely unprecedented silence, the absence of CO2 emissions and superb driveability.

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To drive the iOn means to experience a new tranquillity engendered by the car’s silent operation, the absence of vibrations from the power train and the simplicity of no gear changes. What’s more, the immediate availability of maximum torque allows efficient, linear acceleration that makes driving in traffic so much easier.

RANGE

Thanks to the energy management of its Lithium-ion 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 iOn is entirely compatible with what motorists are used to.

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UNBEATABLE RUNNING COSTS

With running costs between €1.50 and €2.00 per 100 km, the energy bill of the 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.

NO COMPROMISE ON SAFETY

Its standard equipment - six air bags, ESP, electronic brake force distribution (EBFD), emergency brake assist (EBA) – and the design of its structure, gives the 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.

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SERVICES TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

In addition to the latest-generation electric technology, the iOn incorporates the most recent telematics technologies to offer a range of Peugeot Connect services.

All iOn models, as standard and for an unlimited period, have access to Peugeot Connect* services including Peugeot Connect SOS and Peugeot Connect Assistance. If safety items are activated or the SOS button is pressed, the car’s occupants are put in touch with the emergency call centre. Similarly with Peugeot Connect Assistance, pressing the “Peugeot Lion” button automatically connects the user with the help line. As the vehicle’s precise location is determined automatically, emergency or repair services can quickly be dispatched to the scene.

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Other services include:

- Peugeot Connect Fleet*, with periodic transmission of information such as battery charge status, remaining range, mileage and mileage before the next service that is particularly useful for fleet managers;

- Electric Driving*, allowing the user to check, via Smartphone or PC, the battery charge status and range of the vehicle.

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THE COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE OF A COMPREHENSIVE STANDARD SPECIFICATION

The comprehensive standard specification on all iOn models includes: alloy wheels, power steering, fog lamps, automatic switching-on of headlamps, daytime lights, remote control central locking, trip computer, air conditioning, Bluetooth-compatible MP3 and CD audio system with USB connection, front and rear electric windows, height-adjustable driver’s seat, reclining and folding rear seat backs…

With a single model and two interior trim levels, the iOn range is simple and transparent.

The three main available options or accessories are:

-a “cold kit” which includes a heated driver’s seat and electric door mirror de-icing;

- a conversion kit to create a 2-seat light commercial vehicle with a load capacity of 1.1 m3;

- a mobile and connected satellite navigation system, which includes other travel modes (walking, bike, etc.) installed in the fascia panel allowing:

- reception of traffic information,

- mapping updates with indication of recharging stations,

- information search by points of interest.

With a single badge level and two interior ambiences, the iOn range is simple and transparent.

AN “ALL INCLUSIVE” MOBILITY OFFER

Marketing of the iOn is based mainly on an “all-inclusive” mobility offer. As an example: in France this offer lasts for five years and costs €499 including VAT per month, which includes: the vehicle and its battery – 5 year warranty covering the battery and electric power train – servicing and maintenance for five years or 50,000 km – specific electric assistance - Peugeot Connect, Electric Driving services and access to the Mu by Peugeot mobility programme.

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 iOn website, these individuals are also interested in 100% electric technology when it is proposed by an established manufacturer such as Peugeot.

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Within the Mu by Peugeot network, the first mobility service offered by a manufacturer, 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.

* Operational from April 2011.

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