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Citroen offers extended EV and PHEV roadside assistance

Citroen has announced that all of its new battery electric and plug-in hybrid models will be offered with breakdown coverage of eight-years/100,000-mile.

The cover includes 24-hour roadside assistance and recovery, assistance at home, onward travel and European cover, and the remaining term of the coverage is transferrable to future owners across the car and van models – the electric e-C4, e-SpaceTourer and forthcoming e-Berlingo cars, the plug-in hybrid C5 Aircross and new e-Dispatch van, as well as the e-Berlingo and e-Relay LCVs that are in the pipeline.

The offer adds to Citroen’s eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty that guarantees at least 70% of original capacity.

“At Citroën we believe in ‘electrification for all’ and with the adoption of electrified vehicles steadily increasing we want to make it as easy as possible for customers to make the switch,” said Eurig Druce, Managing Director of Citroën UK. “We hope our latest announcement of free Assistance for eight years/100,000 miles will provide yet further peace-of-mind.”

Hyundai and Nissan add to list of manufacturers cutting EV prices

Hyundai and Nissan have cut prices on electric vehicles to get below the Government’s new £35,000 electric vehicle threshold, adding to a list that already included BMW, Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall.

Nissan Leaf 2021Nissan’s Leaf comes down by between £650 and £2,265 to adjust the range in order to get all models below the £35,000 mark. The longer-range 62kWh e+ model now costs £34,995 in top Tekna trim, coming down by over £2,500, while the 40kWh battery models drop by £650-£1350 depending on trim, with the range now starting at £28,495 before the grant.

Hyundai Kona Electric 2021Hyundai has dropped the price on both its electric models. The Ioniq Premium drops by £900 to £32,995 to allow the same drop in the Premium SE model, getting it £5 below the new grant threshold. The Kona Electric gets a larger adjustment, with the longer-range model with a 64kWh battery dropping by more than £4,000 to get below the new grant level in Premium trim, making it the longest-range EV offered with the discount, according to the brand. The Premium SE model also drops by over £4,000, though is still above the grant threshold at £37,145. The 39kWh battery version of the Kona also drops by £2700 and £3200 for the two trim levels to make space for the reduced price of the longer-range car.

Vital Energi tops Pendragon fleet emissions survey

Vital Energi has come out as having the lowest emissions of vehicles ordered last year, with an average of 20.7g/km compared with the average of 85.2g/km.

Vital Energy fleet 2021Vital has an overall fleet average of 48.2g/km across its entire fleet, with over 70% of its vehicles being either plug-in hybrid or full electric.

“We were early adopters of low emission petrol and diesel vehicles, then mild hybrids in 2009, plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV’s) vehicles in 2014 and more recently, in 2019, battery electric vehicles (BEV’s), which can be charged by the Solar PVs at our Blackburn headquarters,” said Vital Energi fleet manager Paul Carberry. “By constantly being at the cutting edge of technology, coupled with choosing sustainable behaviours, we are able to outperform other similar organisations and contribute to the UK meetings its carbon targets.”

 

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