Car Manufacturers at CopenhagenDecember 7, 2009
In addition to a selection of Renault’s forthcoming range of electric vehicles, THINK, ECC, Honda, Citroen and Peugeot all have a presence at the COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Copenhagen from 7-18 December.
THINK, the Scandinavian electric vehicle maker, and its largest fleet customer, Move About, the Norwegian car-share fleet operator, are providing 15 THINK City courtesy vehicles.
The THINK City vehicles, each with a range of 180km, will also participate in the Copenhagen Hopenhagen Live Parade on 13 December, which is a cavalcade of alternative fuels vehicles through the centre of the city to mark the close of the 2009 climate change conference.
British company, The Electric Car Corporation (ECC), has supplied 60 Citroen C1 ev’ie electric cars to be available for delegates. ECC assembles the C1 ev’ie at a production plant in Bedfordshire. It expects to sell over 1,000 cars in Scandinavia in 2010 and to meet demand has established a distribution agreement with ChoosEV to market the cars in Denmark. Both Denmark and Norway already provide significant incentives for consumer purchases of electric cars – in contrast with the situation in the UK, where the subsidy of up to £5,000 for electric car purchasers is not available until April 2011.
Meanwhile Honda has become one of only four car sponsors of the conference. The company will supply the two-week climate summit with a fleet of low-emission Insight hybrid cars. The FCX Clarity, Honda’s ground-breaking, zero emission hydrogen powered fuel cell electric vehicle, will also be present at the summit as part of a COP15 showcase – ‘Driving the Future’. The cars will be used to transport delegates, VIPs and journalists to key venues at the conference.
Peugeot will be presenting the Peugeot 207 Economique, the Peugeot i0n – the electric vehicle available from 2010, and the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 – the first hybrid diesel vehicle which will be on the market in early 2011.
Citroën will be exhibiting the recently announced C-Zero and the Berlingo First Electric – two electric vehicles that will be launched during 2010, along with the REVOLTE concept, with rechargeable hybrid technology, and the forthcoming new C3 and DS3, both of which will offer models with emissions of just 99g/km CO2.