Good news! You can now buy a zero-emissions Citroen C-Zero or Peugeot iON for as little as £11,995.
The Citroen C-Zero, Peugeot iON and Mitsubishi i-MiEV are the forgotten cars of the electric vehicle (EV) sector. Back in 2009, when trials of the i-MiEV commenced in the UK, EV technology was still in its infancy and few people fancied taking the plunge. Fast forward six years and the likes of the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S have revolutionised the sector.
The quirky i-MiEV and its French siblings suffered from being too quick to market – and a hefty price tag. A wildly optimistic pre-Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) price tag of £38,699 was initially slapped on the electric Mitsubishi, before it was dropped to a more respectable £28,990. Better, but still too expensive.
Sadly for Citroen, Peugeot and Mitsubishi, as EV technology moved on, the C-Zero/iON/i-MiEV simply became outmoded and overpriced. The French pair were slightly cheaper at a little over £26,000, but even with the £5,000 saving, it was simply too much money.
But rather than let the electric cars gather dust, Citroen and Peugeot have had the sense to drop the price tag to a more acceptable £16,995. Deduct the PICG and that’s a suddenly-quite-appealing £11,995. Crucially, that price includes the batteries.
So what does £11,995 buy in the electric car world?
Well a range of 93 miles is possible, but you’ll need to go easy on the silent pedal to get that far. The 65hp electric motor will also propel the C-Zero/iON to an unlikely top speed of 80mph. There’s enough room for four tall adults and a respectable 166-litre boot. So what’s the catch?
Peugeot is only offering the iON through 22 specialist Peugeot iON dealers, so you’ll need to make sure there’s one near you. You unlikely to find it a particularly enjoyable car to drive and the real-world range is likely to be closer to 60 miles. And it’s hardly the newest electric car on the market.
But at £11,995 you can almost forgive it all its sins. Unless of course you paid £26,000 for one and are left with a used car headache. Glass’s recently reported that electric cars are among the worst first-year depreciators, with the Citroen C-Zero retaining just 32.07% after 12 months. Ouch.