A year ago in Germany, Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn prices increased from 17.850 to 19.390 €. Now, with a new increase they cost 21.800 €.
The end seems to be near for the electric triplets, especially since the Mitsubishi i-MiEV was already discontinued in Germany last year.
With the electric triplets gone, Smart ForTwo and ForFour ED will have no competition in their segment. At least not until Volkswagen drop the price of the e-up, or Renault finally decides to release the Renault Twingo ZE…
While it’s a shame to see the triplets coming to an end, it was predictable. They were built with a very dated low-end body chassis – especially prone to rust – and were never priced to success. The electric triplets with their small battery capacity could be the electric cars of the masses if they were priced below 15.000 € – before any Government incentive -, yet they costed two or even three times more than comparable ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) counterparts.
On the bright side Nissan and Mitsubishi are developing a new small and affordable electric car, while the PSA Group in the other hand, is developing their own electric cars to sell in a year or two, based on the Common Modular Platform (CMP). One of these new electric cars coming from PSA will be the Peugeot 208 EV, which I think it will be the Renault Zoe’s most direct rival in a not very distant future.