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Mitsubishi i-MiEV/Peugeot iOn/Citroen C-Zero

City Cars

3. Mitsubishi i-MiEV/Peugeot iOn/Citroen C-Zero

Model/Engine size:
Mitsubishi i-MiEV/Peugeot iOn/Citroen C-Zero All
Fuel:
Electric
Fuel economy combined:
N/A
Mitsubishi i-MiEV/Peugeot iOn/Citroen C-Zero

Summary

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a true pioneer, something that wasn’t lost on Peugeot and Citroen who promptly bought the rights to re-badge it and sell it as their own even before the Mitsubishi was on sale in the UK. At a stroke Peugeot/Citroen have got themselves one of the best of the first generation electric cars.

The i-MiEV is based on petrol i which is an innovative city car that has been on sale here for a few years but has never sold in big numbers. By applying a cab-over design Mitsubishi has managed to liberate useful space inside which allows four adults and some luggage to fit into a car which is less than 3.5 metres long.

The petrol version is rear-engined with a flat petrol tank fitted under the floor to maintain as much interior space as possible. For the electric version, the batteries replace the fuel tank and the electric motor replaces the engine so you don’t lose any practicality and the centre of gravity is lowered by 65 mm, improving handling.

On the road the i-MiEV is nippy in city traffic with 133 lb.ft of torque on offer and thanks to its small footprint it feels perfectly at home in the urban environment. Thanks to the motor being at the back there is little drivetrain noise too. It does slow down a bit out of town but it is capable of holding its own with a top speed of 81 mph.

The Mitsubishi/Peugeot/Citroen trio are a welcome addition to the electric market. They feel solid and the clever design means that they are practical too, with no loss of interior space and a genuine four adult capacity. Peugeot/Citroen offer an excellent 8 year warranty for the batteries and drivetrain, the Mitsubishi gets 5 years.

 

Read our full Peugeot iOn review

 

Official electricity consumption: 135 Wh/km
Battery pack: 16 kWh lithium ion pack
Recharge time: 240V charge 7 hours; quick charge 30 minutes for 80%

 

Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Beating Spirit and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
N/A
Fuel economy, urban:
N/A
CO2 emissions:
Approx 72 g/km average UK electricity, 0 g/km renewable electricity g/km
Green rating:
VED band A
Weight:
1110 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
5%
Price:
i-MiEV £28,554, iOn/C-Zero £26,216 (Qualify for £5,000 Government grant)
Insurance group:
27 i-MiEV, 28 iOn and C-Zero
Power:
64 bhp
Max speed:
81 mph
0-62mph:
13 seconds iMiEV, 15.9 seconds iOn and C-Zero seconds
Euro 6:
Yes