Unlocking hidden options!

My car has now turned five years old! This is interesting for two reasons:

1: It’s still running fine on the original battery pack. This is surprising because according to obnoxious electric car critics from years ago, “Ya’ll need to replace ’em batteries every three years in one of ’em new-fangled electrical cars! Mark my words!” (best read in a yokel accent for maximum effect)

2: The warranty has now expired…. This means I can really start tinkering!

Peugeot iOn or Citroen C-Zero B and C mode regenerative regen braking extra gears gear selection shifter plate speeds for the Mitsubishi iMiEV

Out with the old…

A hardcore tinkerer friend of mine in Finland named Jarkko Santala discovered back in 2015 that there are extra ‘gears’ in the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero, which offer different types of regenerative braking just like in the Mitsubishi iMiEV. He reported on it in his own blog here.

For some reason however the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero were produced without these extra options of regenerative braking. All you have in these European clones of the iMiEV is Park, Reverse, Neutral, and Drive.

Peugeot iOn or Citroen C-Zero B and C mode regenerative regen braking extra gears gear selection shifter plate speeds for the Mitsubishi iMiEV

Watch out iMiEVs, here comes an iOn!

The thing is… those extra gear selections that the iMiEV has under “Drive” are actually there on the Peugeot and Citreon models, but they’re just blocked off with plastic!

So, this means all I need to do it remove the plastic which is preventing me from putting the gear shifter into B and C modes. Now, I’m not sure if this works on every model of Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero, but it certainly worked on mine, so here’s how I did it.

The process of accessing those extra regen braking speeds is really easy, so I hope these simple instructions will allow you to uncover them in your own electric car.

Peugeot iOn or Citroen C-Zero B and C mode regenerative regen braking extra gears gear selection shifter plate speeds for the Mitsubishi iMiEV

Start by popping out the plastic plugs securing the centre console

To begin, remove the plastic plugs holding in the centre console. To remove these (reusable) plugs, push the centre inwards with a small screwdriver, then the entire plug will pop out. Do this to both sides, near the floor.

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Pop out these plugs on both sides.

Even with no mechanical ability, and even going at a slow, methodical pace, you can have those extra regen braking ‘gears’ available and working within 30 minutes. It’s such an easy job.

After removing the plastic plugs near the floor, remove the plastic panel in front of the parking brake. It simply pops upwards.

The process of accessing those extra regen braking speeds is really easy, so I hope these simple instructions will allow you to uncover them in your own electric car.

Pop out the plastic cover near the handbrake.

With that small panel panel removed, a screw will become accessible right behind the gear shifter plate.

The process of accessing those extra regen braking speeds is really easy, so I hope these simple instructions will allow you to uncover them in your own electric car.

Almost done: undo this screw…

Once you’ve undone the above screw, the only one remaining is in the rear passenger compartment down on the floor in the middle of the car, behind the front seats. It’s the last screw holding the centre console in place.

Mitsubishi iMiEV eco mode how to unlock on Peugeot iOn Citroen C-zero gear shifter knob

Now the fun part begins!

This is a good time to remove the gear knob by turning it anti-clockwise.

Then, with the centre console removed, unclip the gear shifter plate by prying out the four clips that secure it to the white cluster.

Mitsubishi iMiEV eco mode how to unlock on Peugeot iOn Citroen C-zero gear shifter knob

We’re almost halfway. You can almost taste the extra regen braking!

Now with the shifter panel naked and at your mercy, remove the little metal washer / disc on the bottom right of the above picture. It holds in a rod which secures the black shifter panel to the main white cluster.

Mitsubishi iMiEV eco mode how to unlock on Peugeot iOn Citroen C-zero gear shifter knob

Here’s a close-up of the little metal disc you need to remove.

Above is a better image of the disc which needs to be removed. It can be pried off with a small flat-head screwdriver.

The gear selector plate in the Peugeot iOn / Citroen C-Zero.

The gear selector plate in the Peugeot iOn / Citroen C-Zero.

With that disc pried off, and the short metal rod removed, the black shifter panel (shown above) will lift straight off.

This is where you can see how it looks. Notice the “ice tray” effect on the bottom left of the panel where there would be extra gears on the Mitsubishi versions? That’s what we’re about to hack away at…

The gear selector plate in the Peugeot iOn / Citroen C-Zero. The extra regen braking gears are blocked off with plastic.

The other side of the gear shifter: see the part that’s blocked off?

The easy solution to removing the blocked-put plastic on the gear shifter is simply to use a drill to make new “slots” for the gear knob. Here’s the “after” shot:

The gear selector plate in the Peugeot iOn / Citroen C-Zero. The extra regen braking gears are blocked off with plastic.

The front: After drilling out the blocked plastic.

It was actually not scary at all, because I simply followed the pattern which Mitsubishi had provided when they made this car. Here’s the underside:

The gear selector plate in the Peugeot iOn / Citroen C-Zero. The extra regen braking gears are blocked off with plastic.

The back (upside down): Drilling it out was easy. You just follow the pattern.

I was worried I would make a mess of the thing but it was actually pretty easy. You just need to take your time, drill a little at a time, and try the plate out a few times in the car to monitor the progress.

The gear selector plate in the Peugeot iOn / Citroen C-Zero. The extra regen braking gears are blocked off with plastic.

What’s this? Extra regen modes?! Awesome!

At this point, it pays to turn on the ignition and check that the new “speeds” or “gears” are showing on the dashboard. It should show as B mode and C mode.

Mitsubishi imiev gear change shifter plate installe in Citroen C-Zero Peugeot iOn to unlock regen gears for more regenerative braking in C mode and B mode on kiwiev.com

C mode is another one I’ve not seen before.

So far so good: everything’s looking great! Time to put the centre console back together.

Mitsubishi imiev gear change shifter plate installe in Citroen C-Zero Peugeot iOn to unlock regen gears for more regenerative braking in C mode and B mode on kiwiev.com

The Mitsubishi iMiEV shifter plate, ready to go into my Peugeot iOn!

I discovered that there’s one last thing to keep in mind when installing a new gear shifter cover plate into your C-Zero or iOn: you may need to make a minor modification to it to ensure it clips into place.

The Mitsubishi iMiEV shifter plate, ready to go into my Peugeot iOn!

You might need to snip off that centre clip on the top plate.

In the above photo you can see the new shifter plate sitting on top of the original shifter plate. Notice the small clips where my index finger is? You might need to cut/chisel those off in order for them to fit. This is because the clips on the new adapter plate don’t seem to align with the old adapter plate.

It’s no problem, because after a few minutes with a file I’d chopped them off nicely and the new panel was installed!

Wow! A Mitsubishi iMiEV gear shifting panel in a Peugeot iOn!

Wow! A Mitsubishi iMiEV gear shifting panel in a Peugeot iOn!

That looks awesome!

I’ve always been a fan of making tidy modifications to cars. If a modification can’t be done tidily then I don’t want to do it as aesthetics are important when you spend all your driving time looking at your modifications. This means that I’m very satisfied with the results I’ve achieved today.

Mitsubishi imiev gear change shifter plate installe in Citroen C-Zero Peugeot iOn to unlock regen gears for more regenerative braking in C mode and B mode on kiwiev.com

Crouching iOn hidden iMiEV.

I can’t believe it was that easy.

The average person without much mechanical ability could easy unlock their extra regenerative braking in their Citroen C-Zero or Peugeot iOn within 20 to 30 minutes. It’s honestly so easy that I don’t know why they blocked them off in the first place!

If you’re interested in buying a faceplate yourself, the part number is 2420A081XB and according to this picture which Mitsubishi Slovakia sent me to pinpoint the exact part I need, it’s also known as part number 24935.

Gear shifter for Mitsubishi iMiEV and Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero

The gear shifter plate has two part numbers.

The question remaining now… what do the extra B and C ‘gears’ do?

Well, there’s only one way to find out: click the play button on the video below!

3 thoughts on “Unlocking hidden options!

  1. Hi Kiwiev,
    this is more a question than a comment. I m intendid to buy a peugeot ion, and i saw one from 12/2011 so will be end of battery warrantie, but the price is tempting, just 6.700 euros. my question is: did you haver problems with any cell of the full pack? and do you know where to buy just one or more cells in case of problems? In Peugeot Portugal by incredible that it is just sell the complet pack for 18.000 euros.

    Many thanks,
    Jorge Maló

    • Hi Jorge,

      Battery problems are rare with this model of car, but not unheard of. When you inspect the car, take an OBD LX connector with you as well as the CaniOn mobile application, then you can check each cell to see if there are any abnormalities. €18,000 for a battery is ridiculous. It would be cheaper to buy a crashed iMiEV/iOn/C-Zero an remove the battery. I recommend contacting Mitsubishi in the USA for a price. Unfortunately you cannot buy the cells individually, so if there is a problem… well, I don’t know what to do actually. Luckily, problems are very rare!

      Good luck!
      Gav

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