Peugeot iOn becomes first true zero emissions car

There has been plenty of debate about the true CO2 emissions of electric cars because of the fossil fuels used to create energy for the national grid, but the Peugeot iOn cars used by G24 Innovations in Wales will be powered completely by a new wind turbine.

The turbine stands at 120 metres tall and is capable of powering the entire 23 acre site, which produces solar cells.

It will also power the two electric cars, which can be charged in eight hours fully or to 80 per cent in 30 minutes using a quick charger.

The Peugeot iOn has a range of 93 miles, enough, says G24, to allow short distance driving in Cardiff, where the small turning circle and compact dimensions will be beneficial in city traffic.

Jon Goodman, Managing Director at Peugeot UK, said: "Peugeot has a wide range of low CO2 vehicle choices, including the imminent arrival of the world’s first diesel-electric diesel hybrid car in the next few months, so it is impressive to see G24i utilising green energy to power their commuting requirements with the Peugeot iOn electric cars and with complete respect to the environment."

The world’s first diesel-electric hybrid will be the Peugeot 3008 HYBrid4, a crossover car which uses a standard diesel engine and an electric motor to reduce CO2 emissions to the same level as a much smaller car.

The technology will also be available in the Peugeot 508 saloon from 2012, bringing down CO2 emissions to sub-100g/km and ensuring the car qualifies for zero UK road tax and exemption from the London congestion charge.