Citroen to boost demand for electric cars using leasing programs

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2010

To boost the demand for electric cars, Citroen is offering leasing programs that include gasoline loaners for trips that exceed the reach of a single battery charge. Citroen spokeswoman Valerie Gillot said that the new leasing plan will be available for those who buy the C-Zero electric city car or combustion-engine models.

This plan builds on the flexible Mu contract that sister brand Peugeot started offering last February. This provided occasional access to other vehicles.

In an interview at a test-drive event outside Paris for the iOn, Peugeot's equivalent of the C-Zero, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen Product Director Vincent Besson said that leasing “makes the most sense” since with electric cars, consumers are compelled to think about running costs instead of sticker price, “the way company fleet managers already do.”

Gillot revealed that the leasing offer is intended for consumers whose daily driving needs can be accomplished with a single charge but may occasionally go on longer trips. Gillot didn’t provide program details or the conditions required for C-Zero customers to switch to gasoline or diesel alternatives for travels that exceed the car’s range of 150-kilometer (93-mile) range.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. produces the iOn and C-Zero (based its i-Miev battery-powered car) for PSA. For next year, Citroen plans to deliver 7,000 units of the iOn and C-Zero, with sales increasing to 30,000 units each year by 2015.

By that date, PSA has entered a production deal of 100,000 units with Mitsubishi. Philippe Barriac, head of the iOn program, said that this figure is what was reserved but that if necessary, this can be increased. He added that Citroen and Mitsubishi will evenly split the 80 million-euro ($103 million) cost of developing the Peugeot Citroen models and the European version of the i-Miev. [via autonews - sub. required]

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

The 2018 model year could be an exciting year for fans and enthusiasts of the Chevrolet Corvette. This comes as the 2018 version of the Corvette is bound to feature...
by - January 19, 2017
As if seeing the future more than a decade from now, one of the top scientists in the world of robotics and automations is predicting that children born today won’t...
by - January 19, 2017
Ford has just recently unveiled the 2018 Ford Mustang, and as it turned out, the carmaker gave its beloved pony car a facelift. There have been mixed reactions about the...
by - January 19, 2017
The bidding war for one of the only 20 examples -- 21 actually, but the 00 version went to a museum -- of the classically beautiful Lamborghini Reventon built and...
by - January 18, 2017
Bentley once again confirmed its plans to push PHEV into their future lineups. As a matter of fact, the Bentayga SUV will be the first to have the plugin hybrid...
by - January 18, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries