18 November 2021
According to recent research by insurance firm Willis Towers Watson, just 35 per cent of UK companies now give their staff the option to drive an electric or hybrid vehicle.
The good news is that that is nearly double the same figure for 2020, but when 2030 is rapidly approaching, I have to admit that I was surprised it wasn’t higher. Here at Company Car Today however, we’re certainly not backwards in coming forwards. Tristan Young has his Audi e-tron, while Euan Doig has previously run a Vauxhall Mokka-e and about to switch to a new EV we’ll reveal shortly.
And now it’s my turn with this Citroen e-C4. Like many of the other all-electric models under the Stellantis umbrella, Citroen’s C4 is unusual in being offered in petrol, diesel or electric forms in the same bodystyle. The good news of that is that it offers company car drivers a direct comparison between fuels, while the bad is that arguably it compromises the EV version in terms of packaging.
The 50kWh battery in this e-C4 can’t quote boast the same range of power options as VW’s ID.3 range, but, given that the fully-electric versions of the new Peugeot 308 and Vauxhall Astra won’t arrive until 2023 at the earliest, it does have a substantial lead on its rivals.
Citroen claims a fully-charged 217-mile range for the e-C4 and, as I’m running it as a family car, long journeys are sure to be on the horizon to put that figure to the ultimate test. I’ve been regularly running plug-in hybrids for the past two years, so switching to a fully-electric car will be an added challenge. Doubly-so in fact as while we do have off-street parking, we don’t have a wall charger. Citroen has included the optional three-pin charging lead and I’m accepting that charging times at home will be longer than usual – more on which in later reports.
In the meantime though, we’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel, especially as Citroen has tuned the e-C4 for comfort rather than handling – which should make those longer journeys more relaxing.