The latest environmentally friendly electric eco car has just been launched; the Citroen C1 ev’ie is the first four seater eco car to be assembled in Britain by ECC (Electric Car Corporation), the main parts of which are manufactured in the Czech Republic. The new Citroen C1 ev’ie eco car has been created in a joint venture between Citroen, Peugeot and Toyota and will be assembled in Flitwick by a six strong team of craftsmen.
The 4 seater Citroen C1 ev’ie comes in either a three or five door option with electric power steering, CD/MP3 player, electric windows and central locking. The C1 ev’ie eco car will travel 60 – 75 miles on one full charge, will charge in 6 hours, comes with full safety features including ABS brakes, side impact door protection, crumple zones, driver and passenger airbags and child locks.
For the new car purchaser who wants or needs to travel around towns or cities this is a fantastic purchase offering no road tax, no congestion charges whilst driving in London, and even free parking in some areas, extremely low car insurance and costing only 95p to charge overnight – the advantages are a positive no-brainer. Yes it will only reach a maximum speed of 60 mph, but let’s face it with the way that the traffic moves in most cities the chances of moving much faster than that are pretty slim anyway. If you offset the advantages of the Citroen C1 ev’ie against all other common modes of transport then the C1 ev’ie leaps to the top of the pile; expensive rail transport, inconvenience of delays and cancellations, traffic costs, congestion charges, taxes and insurance, rising fuel costs – the Citroen C1 ev’ie eco car is suddenly looking mighty attractive.
The advantages of the new eco car are many; however the price tag seems extortionate at £16,850 – though in the car’s defence this is still cheap for a green car. The Government indicated in the last budget that subsidies for eco cars will be made of up to £5,000 however these will not be available until 2011.