The Peugeot iOn has completed its UK launch tour at City hall in London, where Mayor Boris Johnson got to experience the zero emissions car.
The Government is providing a fund of £250M for electric vehicles, in the form of a £5000 grant to buyers and funds to support charging infrastructure around the UK. London's transit issues make electric motoring a compelling proposition.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "I want London to be the electric car capital of Europe, so I am delighted that 2011 sees manufacturers accelerating their efforts to bring this technology onto the roads. We're going to see electric cars playing an increasing role in pushing down pollution from transport in London as more drivers start to own and run these vehicles. This is why we are introducing the first city-wide electric vehicle scheme, Source London, in spring this year to provide more infrastructure and support."
Source London will double the number of charge points throughout London, providing at least 1300 charge points by 2013. London was in the first wave of Plugged in Places locations selected by the government to help their pioneering electric vehicle programmes.
Jon Goodman, MD of Peugeot UK, presented the Peugeot iOn to Mr Johnson, said: "The Mayor has an acute understanding of the challenges for London's transport and was very interested to hear about how electric cars can fit into city life. On top of the environmental benefits, the Peugeot iOn needs no costly fuel to operate; it is exempt from the Congestion Charge and it is free to park in some London boroughs. That's a pretty compelling portfolio of savings for London's drivers."Published 30 April 2011