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Disadvantages: The battery will only take you up to 100 miles so you will need to rely on finding a charging point to go any further. The driving position is a bit high and uncomfortable and thereís also not much room in the boot or the back seat.
Summary: The New Peugeot iOn does exactly what is expected of an all-ellectric car and is the ideal solution for urban driving. Not so ideal if you take it out to the country however.
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The New Peugeot iOn has arrived on the electric car market to help consumers fight against the rising cost of petrol.
The iOn is powered by a lithium battery pack which can recharge itself going down hills. The range on the battery is about 100 miles and it takes about 6 hours to recharge. However there are quick charge points that will give the battery an 80% boost in about half an hour.
Itís surprisingly quick off the mark and the lack of a gearbox means it couldnít be easier to drive. It handles well in the city (the environment it was designed for), however as soon as you take it out of itís comfort zone it doesnít react well. Wind noise at high speeds are a problem and as itís quite a tall vehicle it doesnít feel too stable going around corners or roundabouts. The engine is delightfully quiet when cruising around at low to moderate speeds, but starts to make a bit of an annoying whine on faster roads.
The cabin is surprisingly bland (I guess the manufacturer wasnít counting on this car being used for long trips). While many electric cars donít need to meet the same safety standards of larger cars, the iOn is fully equipped with modern safety equipment such as airbags, emergency brake assist and stability control.
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