Beside Hybrid vehicles, electric cars are being heavily invested on by car manufacturers. They seem to be the direction many car manufacturers are developing as their answer to environmental issues such as carbon emission and replacement for internal combustion engines.
Peugeot currently has the iOn available for purchase in the UK. The iOn is a re-badged of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV sold in the European market. The iOn is also avaliable as the Citroën C-Zero.
The iOn city car is completely electric and it doesn’t give off any polluting or CO2 emissions at all; however, this only means no CO2 emission local to the vehicle, the CO2 emission has been moved to the power station supplying the electricity to the vehicle.
According to Peugeot, the iOn has a battery life of up to 93 miles and a maximum speed of 81mph. With its short battery life, it really is only designed for city travelling. However, there seems to be a lack of charging stations for this vehicle in the UK and sales was slow and is now only available for hire.
Unlike Peugeot, Hyundai has developed their own electric vehicle, the BlueOn (despite the name similarity, they have no association). The vehicle’s chassis is based on the i10, and it has a similar single charge distance and maximum speed to the iOn. The BlueOn is only available in Korea at the moment, but due to the lack of interest in the UK, I don’t think we will be seeing the current incarnation of BlueOn being sold in the UK.