Europcar Launches New Generation Electric Cars
Released on: October 07, 2010, 6:19 am
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
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 Group said: "We are proud of this new
partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroën 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.
Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and
light utility vehicle rentals. The company serves business and leisure customers
throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
Excluding franchise operations, in 2009 Europcar signed 9.5 million rental
contracts, with 7,000 employees and a fleet exceeding 190,000 vehicles. In September
2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader Enterprise Holdings joined forces in a
strategic commercial alliance to form the world's largest car rental network, with
more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000 locations around the world. Europcar is
owned by the French investment company Eurazeo.
Europcar is the European market leader and is also leading in its environmental
approach to car rental. It opened its first "environmental agency" in Paris in
1999, and in 2008 it was the first company in Europe to have its "Environmental
Charter" - which formalizes its commitments in favor of sustainable development --
certified by Bureau Veritas.
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