Europe’s electric car needs can be met with just 3 vehicles, says PSA/Peugeot-Citroen

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Europe's electric car needs will be satisfied by a small van, a minicar and a model below a minicar, according to PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA. Later this year, the carmaker's electric minicar will debut. Meanwhile, it is currently developing models for the other two segments.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe earlier this month, PSA electric vehicles director Ayoul Grouvel revealed that in December, the first units of the Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn electric minicars will be delivered.

Grouvel said that its electric minicars represent "the core of [its] electric vehicle offer. He added that a four-seat model such as the C-Zero or iOn is considered "ideal" for the urban-driving needs of Europeans.

PSA also said that the 130km (about 81-mile) range offered by its EVs is sufficient to meet the needs of 90% of European city commuters, who travel an average of 38km a day. About 50% of those people commute less than 5km a day.

A survey conducted by the carmaker revealed that the top concern of potential EV customers is the risk of being stranded due to an empty battery. Grouvel wants these fears to go away, saying that a car is parked for 92% of the day, allowing plenty of time to recharge.

To fully recharge a C-Zero/iOn, it has to be plugged on a 220-volt household outlet for 6 hours. But for only 30 minutes, dedicated 380-volt fast-charging stations can provide an 80% charge. [via autonews - sub. required]

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