Despite some popular deals available for limited times and long-distance adventures, the Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot Ion were never big sellers. Now, Mitsubishi has decided that it's not worth it to build the electric vehicles for PSA any more.

Automotive News reports that overall slow sales of the two electric cars – for the first half of 2012, 852 Ions and 935 C-Zeros were sold – mean an indefinite hiatus for the European jellybeans. A Mitsubishi representative told AN that, "This is a matter of PSA adjusting its orders to market demand. ... Our production total is lower than what we had originally hoped for." The Ion and C-Zero are both rebadged versions of the i-MiEV that Mitsubishi makes in Japan.

Christine Jew, senior specialist, product communications, for Mitsubishi Motors North America, told AutoblogGreen that, "Yes, supply to PSA has been temporarily suspended, however production and sales of i-MiEVs around the world continues as usual. Therefore, this does not affect U.S. production of the i-MiEV."


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      Ford Future
      • 5 Months Ago
      Disappointing. There are no big government solutions to climate change. Consumer's aren't doing much. Guess what that means?
      DaveMart
      • 5 Months Ago
      Oh dear. They are not shifting even with France's 7,000 Euro credit at the point of sale, which is around $10,000 US.
      throwback
      • 5 Months Ago
      Where in the world are EVs selling well?
        SVX pearlie
        • 5 Months Ago
        @throwback
        Chevy Volt is selling pretty well in the US, on track to hit 20k units this year. Opel / Vauxhall Ampera is doing pretty well in Europe, and sounds to hit 10k units as well. Ford's Energi should do quite well, due to competitive price and functional AER.
          SVX pearlie
          • 5 Months Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          Retard, the Volt *is* an EV. If you mean BEV (only), then write "BEV" to be clear. Moron.
          SVX pearlie
          • 5 Months Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          No, moron, I'm sick and tired of the ridiculous purist approach which will result in nothing but money wasted. As for you, you're a g0ddamn hypocrite.
          DaveMart
          • 5 Months Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          SVX Perlie: What gives you the right to use foul and abusive language here? You, and your behaviour, are utterly repulsive. Perhaps you are 13 years old, but even then you would be a very poor excuse for a human being.
          porosavuporo
          • 5 Months Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          The question was about EVs not series hybrids or PHEVs in general.
        porosavuporo
        • 5 Months Ago
        @throwback
        Scandinavia.
          sandos
          • 5 Months Ago
          @porosavuporo
          Norway, more specifically. In Sweden theyre not that popular. Otoh, I havent calculated any per capita numbers.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 5 Months Ago
        @throwback
        Retirement golfing communities.
        JakeY
        • 5 Months Ago
        @throwback
        Right now it's Japan (which is making up the bulk of Leaf sales right now).
        JakeY
        • 5 Months Ago
        @throwback
        Almost forgot, besides Japan, I think Norway is clearly where EVs are hot sellers (it's making up a significant portion of auto sales).
      Marcopolo
      • 5 Months Ago
      JakeY, 2 % of Passenger car sales in Norway, is not really a significant portion of auto sales. Even this modest percentage of market share doesn't seem capable of being sustained. EV sales are declining. The Norwegian Government offers the greatest number of incentives for EV's owners, in the world ! Norwegians pay over 60% of the price of a new car price in tax ! The Norwegian Government exempt s EV's from a wide range of sales and VAT tax, fees, import duty and congestion charges, free city parking, free charging, free Toll's, discount home electric supply, use of HOV, lanes . etc. Combined with over $8 per gallon for gasoline (even more for diesel) this should be EV heaven ! Despite all these price advantages, and incentives, including being a market where almost all electricity is hydro-electric, and environmental policies are popular. EV's are still not very successful ! The humble Ford Focus sells three times as many vehicles as all EV's combined ! Curiously, the Norwegian government does not extend such generous support to Hybrid, PHEV, EREV's. Norway, is probably one of the few markets where EV's hold a purchase price advantage over ICE rivals. These results provide compelling evidence against those who argue that the main problem with EV adoption, is the purchase price !
      80N541
      • 5 Months Ago
      Type your comment herewhat did they expected for a car that is sell more than 30k€?
      Spec
      • 5 Months Ago
      The i-MiEV is a bomb. People just don't want to pay a large amount of money for an ugly car with a short range. Hopefully a better looking car would do a little better . . . but Leaf shows that even a better looking car still won't do well. EVs are stuck in a 'valley of death' . . . they have been unable to reduce battery prices and gas prices have dropped. Thus, there is not much of a value proposition to EVs at the moment. Tough times.
        JakeY
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Spec
        A lot of people think the Leaf looks ugly too (headlights looks like frog eyes). I think in the same price range only the Focus actually looks good.
          PeterScott
          • 5 Months Ago
          @JakeY
          The Fit EV seems the best in this range. Looks OK, and doesn't have a giant battery box obstructing the hatch and has more range than the leaf. But it is a Lease only compliance car.
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