Car manufacturer Peugeot have delivered its first electric car, the iOn, to power giants EDF Energy. The car is also the first electric car to qualify for a newly introduced government scheme that will save the buyer 25% of the car’s cost.
The government scheme is aimed at making newly eligible electric cars more attractive, as the new market establishes itself.
The iOn is part of a wave of electric cars hitting UK showrooms this year. The new Peugeot has a potential range of 93 miles and can be recharged from a standard domestic plug in six hours.
Phil Robson, Fleet Sales Director at Peugeot UK, said: “Electric cars are an important part of future urban mobility, alongside hybrid vehicles and highly efficient diesel and petrol engines. As well as the all electric Peugeot i0n, we will also this year launch the world’s first diesel hybrid vehicle the 3008 HYbrid4. Together these new vehicles will help reduce CO2 emissions and reduce customers’ motoring costs”.
Those at Peugeot claim that by no using petrol, a driver can make a potential saving of £1765 per year. In addition to the benefits of not paying a congestion charge, EV’s are set to play a big part in inner-city transport.
Eric Salomon, Energy Field Services Director at EDF Energy, said: “We are delighted to add the first Peugeot iOn in the UK to our fleet. EDF Energy believes the take up of clean, electric transport to be crucial to Britain meeting its carbon reduction targets. This is why we are playing a leading role in the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.”