Europcar, the European leader in car hire, has announced that the first new-generation electric vehicles to hit the European car hire market, the Peugeot iON and Citroen C-Zero, will be introduced in 2011.
The new vehicles will allow Europcar customers to drive up to 150km with a fully charged battery. The vehicles will be silent and will not emit any CO2 or other pollutants, further enhancing their ecological benefit.
After the introduction of the two new models, Europcar will gradually install the infrastructure needed to recharge the batteries at its 2,500 car hire locations around Europe. This agreement enhances Europcar's offering in terms of zero-emissions fleet and further illustrates the company's commitment to promoting green mobility through green car hire.
The agreement to launch the Peugeot iON and Citroen C-Zero into the car hire market was signed at the Paris Motor Show in the presence of PSA Peugeot Citreon's Jean-Marc Gales, Executive Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and After Sales and Christian Peugeot, Central Marketing Director.
Philippe Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer of Europcar (http://www.europcar.com/corporate ) Group said: "We are proud of this new partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen because it is in keeping with Europcar's core commitments to sustainable development and technological innovation. With this agreement, we want to further demonstrate our ability to innovate and contribute to the emergence of new mobility solutions."
Europcar has been a pioneer in sustainable development since opening its first environmental station for electric cars in Paris in 1999 and it further strengthens its environmental strategy through this partnership.