The gist with all the talk around the iMiEV being tested and due out soon, the Renault-Nissan alliance with Better Place and other electric vehicles, EV eying to be the first on the market, it seems the Peugeot-Citroen PSA group beat its competition to the table via some help.
A Little History. Peugeot isn’t technically in competition with Mitsubishi, it has formed a strategic partnership with the Japanese car maker. According to Wikipedia, the converted Citroën C1 by the Electric Car Corporation has a fixed-ratio transmission and regenerative braking with ABS with a standard 5-speed gearbox locked into 3rd gear. How much? If you are in the UK, you can get it for £16,850, roughly $24,989 US and there will be only 500 built, even though the company expects to built 2,000 and 4,000 vehicles by 2010.
Technically Speaking. The EV has a range of about 60 to 70 miles with a top speed of 60 mph. It can fully charge in 6 to 7 hours. It uses a a 30kw electric motor, about 40hp, powered by a lithium-ion batteries pack neatly tucked under the hood and where the fuel tank used to be. The full 6 hour charge, given a 13 amp socket and 220 volts should cost $1.20 in the UK or 90p, enough to make many envious elsewhere.
In conclusion, it would seem like Citroen beat a lot of competition, although through the Electric Car Corporation company.