Electric cars join Mu by Peugeot scheme

The Peugeot iOn electric car joins more conventional road cars, scooters and bicycles in the Mu by Peugeot range to coincide with the launch of the 2011 Eco Rally.

The rally features a host of electric and efficient petrol and diesel cars and runs from Oxford to The Mall in London on Sunday 31 July.

To celebrate the event, Peugeot will feature four of its greenest cars, including the Peugeot iOn, a Royal Mail Bipper van, a Peugeot 308 CC and the new Peugeot 508 saloon complete with fuel-saving stop-start technology.

All of the models are available on the Mu by Peugeot scheme, which allows cars to be rented for varying time scales in order to be as flexible for customers as possible.

Available from UK Peugeot dealerships, Mu by Peugeot allows an electric Peugeot iOn to be rented for half a day for £30.

The Peugeot iOn electric car was launched early in 2011 as a lease-only car on a four year, 100,000 mile deal.

The four-door, four-seat electric car boasts a range of 93 miles on a single charge. A full charge takes eight hours but it can also be charged to 80 per cent of its capacity via a fast charger in just 30 minutes.

The Peugeot iOn is one of several electric cars to qualify for the government’s plug-in grant, which reduces the price by £5,000.

In the case of the iOn, the money is discounted from the lease rate, which costs £415 per month before VAT in the UK.

Other cars eligible for the government’s grant include the Citroen C-Zero electric car and the forthcoming Vauxhall Ampera extended-range electric vehicle.