PSA Peugeot CitrŲen today rolled out the 5000th electric
car, a white CitroŽn Saxo, produced at the Heuliez assembly plant in Cerizay, France. Since
series production began in September 1995, the Heuliez plant has produced 2,200 electric
versions of the CitroŽn AX and Saxo and 2,800 electric versions of the Peugeot 106, in 3
or 5-door passenger car and commercial models.
The plant also
produced 25 Peugeot 106s and 25 CitroŽn Saxos, which were delivered to the city of La
Rochelle in September 1999. The vehicles constitute the first fleet of self-service EVs
made available to residents on a subscription basis, as part of the Liselec program.
As the majority of
EV sales are to business and government fleets, PSA Peugeot CitrŲen decided to broaden
its offer in 1998 to include electric versions of the Peugeot Partner and CitroŽn
Berlingo commercial vehicles. Both are manufactured at the Groups plant in Vigo,
Spain on the same assembly lines as combustion-engine models.
Since the first
electric car was introduced in November 1995, PSA Peugeot CitroŽn has sold nearly 6,000
units in Europe, where it holds the leadership position in a total market of 9,000
vehicles. The Group is also the worlds leading manufacturer of electric cars.
Its customers in
France include Electricitť de France, La Poste, Aťroports de Paris, and a number of
cities including Paris, La Rochelle and Lyon.