Groupe PSA, the French company behind Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall, has confirmed it will offer eight years of breakdown assistance to buyers of its electric vehicles. The extended cover will allow owners whose batteries run flat to receive a quick top-up charge at the roadside.
The company’s brands, which also include French premium brand DS, already offer three years of breakdown cover for conventionally powered petrol and diesel cars – cover that includes assistance for those who run out of fuel. For buyers of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, however, PSA will extend that cover for a further five years, in line with the eight-year battery warranty.
Richard Dyson, Groupe PSA Parts & Service Director UK, said: “We are pleased to extend the roadside cover on our new generation of electrified models to eight years or 100,000 miles. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles represent the fastest growing vehicle segment in the UK. With more buyers looking to make the switch, we hope this initiative will give first-time electric car buyers the peace of mind they’re looking for.”
French car plants are only just starting to rev up production after the coronavirus lockdown, which hit the auto sector badly, and Macron wants to accelerate the transition to electric cars to help revive the industry.
“We need a motivational goal: make France Europe’s top producer of clean vehicles by bringing output (up) to more than one million electric and hybrid cars per year over the next five years,” Macron told a news conference.
And to help dealerships sell the 400,000 vehicles left unsold on dealer lots due to the lockdown, President Macron said the state would offer people buying a traditional cars a €3,000 bonus.
Kia will take advantage of a shift away from public transport with a new, all-electric small car set to rival Citroën’s Ami. The Ami has made waves across the automotive industry, having just gone on sale in France with a list price starting from 6,000 Euros (£5,252) or a lease deal with a 2,641 Euros deposit (£2,311) and only 19.99 Euros (£17.50) per month…
Citroën has unveiled an all-electric version of its mid-sized Dispatch panel van. It’s called the e-Dispatch – and it’ll go on sale in the UK during the second half of 2020, joining the Peugeot e-Expert and Vauxhall Vivaro-e in the PSA Group’s all-electric commercial vehicle line-up.
The Citroën e-Dispatch is based on the same EMP2 platform as normal Dispatch models, and it’s powered by the electric motor found in the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall e-Corsa superminis, which develops 134bhp and 260Nm of torque. Citroën says the electric powertrain allows the e-Dispatch to haul a maximum payload of 1,275kg, at a top speed of 80mph…
Peugeot has released the e-Expert – a pure-electric van with a range of up to 205 miles on a single charge.
The e-Expert completes the electrification of the PSA Group’s triumvirate of medium vans, following Citroën’s ë-Dispatch this week, and the Vauxhall Vivaro-e at the end of last month.
The e-Expert shares the same platform and Peugeot has decided to offer the same powertrain options. This means there’s a 50 kWh battery available for a range of up to 143 miles on a charge, or a 75 kWh pack providing the headline 205 mile range.
This week, Citroën’s ground-breaking Ami (above) went on sale in France. Sadly it’s not coming to the UK – yet. Let’s just remind you what the Ami is: it’s a small two-seat urban runabout that’s shorter and narrower than a Smart ForTwo, uses battery power for a range of 44 miles, and lets your smartphone do the job of an instrument binnacle. In short, it’s very clever – and very Citroën.
Then there’s the cost. It’s gone on sale with a price from 6,000 Euros (£5,252) – or it can be leased for 2,641 Euros down (£2,311) and 19.99 Euros (£17.50) per month!