27 Sep '11, 11pm

Peugeot Jumps on the Tiny-e-Car Bandwagon

I love the concept, but this puppy is one big cup of ugly. Batteries are expensive and heavy. Making lightweight EVs so that one can get there and back with fewer batteries makes a lot of sense. This one uses about half as many kW per mile as does the Nissan Leaf. (8.5kW/60 miles vs. 24kW/100miles) It would make for a significantly cheaper to purchase car (assuming the lightweight materials aren’t overly expensive) and would cost more like two cents rather than four cents per mile to drive (Leaf 0.35kWh/mile and $010/kWh electricity). (Eight cents per mile for a 50MPG Prius using $4/gallon gas.) These mini-EVs could be a hit for those who need an affordable moderate range ride. And this one seats more than one, unlike the Nils. But could someone step up and design something that looks more like a Cobra and less like a sneaker for seven year olds?

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/09/27/peugeot-jumps-on-the-...