7 Jun 11

EDF Energy to provide Electric Vehicle recharging solutions to Peugeot UK and Citroën UK



Partnership ensures safe and convenient recharging for customers


Customers can benefit from 20% cheaper electricity with EDF Energy’s new product package


EDF Energy, Britain’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, is partnering with Peugeot UK and Citroën UK to offer residential and fleet customers electric vehicle (EV) recharging products and services with the sale of every Peugeot iOn or Citroën C-Zero.


The partnership between EDF Energy, Peugeot UK and Citroën UK will create a one-stop-shop for customers, ensuring best in class motoring technology and safe and convenient recharging solutions. It will support the development, future marketing and up-take of fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Both companies are leaders in electric vehicle research and development, with EDF Energy’s proven expertise in the field of safe recharging† and PSA Peugeot Citroën’s recent involvement in European trials.


The residential package, which includes a free site survey, makes it even easier and faster to charge a new Peugeot iOn or a Citroën C-Zero. Following a free home survey and the installation of a dedicated charging point, drivers can benefit from faster charging times of up to 35 per cent*. The package also includes a timer to enable easy off peak recharging, a smart meter and an EV consumption statement which shows owners the cost of charging the car, along with a full 3 year warranty on the charge point. And, the first 500 residential customers will also receive 1,000 electricity miles free - all for just £799**.


EDF Energy’s low carbon charge point package means households can save money by receiving 20% cheaper electricity during evenings and weekends with the Eco 20:20 tariff. In recent trials, EDF Energy found that 66% of home charging was carried out during the evening and weekends, making Eco 20:20 an ideal tariff for electric vehicle owners¥.


The Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero are becoming increasingly attractive from a cost saving and low carbon perspectiveˆ. Households can benefit with cost savings over a conventional petrol or diesel engine, resulting in a potential annual saving of up to £5,400. It costs £1.92 to charge a Peugeot iOn or Citroën C-Zero from empty, which works out at around 3p a mile, a lot less than a traditional petrol vehicle of 16p a mileˆ.


EDF Energy will offer business fleet customers a range of recharging products and services depending on the organisation’s requirements. These include: site survey, technical report, a range of recharging products, installation services and smart metering technology. EDF Energy has been facilitating the site survey and installation of charge points at all Peugeot and Citroën appointed EV dealers across the UK. In addition, EDF Energy has already provided training to dealership staff on safe recharging.


Eric Salomon, Energy Field Services Director at EDF Energy, said: “We are delighted to be working with Peugeot UK and Citroën UK and to offer an electric vehicles package to the domestic and fleet customers. As Britain’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, it fits perfectly with EDF Energy’s ambitions to be a leader in low carbon solutions. We understand that the take-up of clean, low-carbon electric transport is crucial to Britain in meeting its carbon reduction targets.”


The development of plug-in and other hybrids is also an integral part of Peugeot UK and Citroën UK’s strategic commitment to offering “everyone an eco-car”. For example, the Group is planning to extensively deploy the Stop & Start micro hybrid system across all of the Peugeot and Citroën model line-ups. Peugeot UK and Citroën UK will also offer full diesel hybrids that will deliver radical improvements in both fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. These developments will enable Peugeot and Citroën UK to consolidate its environmental leadership in the automotive industry.



ENDS



Notes to editors:


No petrol or diesel costs – potential saving of £1765.05 per year. Fuel saving calculated as follows:


  • Cost of 1 gallon of fuel - £5.85
  • Average MPG for a vehicle driven in an urban environment – 30 mpg
  • Total fuel costs to cover 10,000 miles = (10,000/30) x £5.85 = £1950.00

  • No Congestion Charge (where applicable) – savings of £1696 annual charge for London
  • No Parking charges (where applicable, e.g. City of Westminster) – potential saving of £1939 per year - £10 x 230 days of parking, less admin fee





* Comparison is between a 16A vs 10A recharging


** Based on a standard installation. There are occasions when a Customer’s property will require an individual design package and installation.


† EDF Energy has been involved in two major Government trials installing recharging equipment into residential and fleet premises. EDF Energy have also been offering advice and working with closely with bodies including OLEV, the SMMT, IET, BSI and Cen-Cenelec on safe electric vehicle recharging.


¥ EDF Energy smart ED Technology Strategy Board Trial. Based on 58 users vehicle charging data.


ˆ SMMT Electric Car Guide, 2011 at https://www.smmt.co.uk/shop/electric-car-guide-2010/


  • Cost of recharging the Peugeot iOn or Citroën C-Zero over 10,000 miles
  • Cost of recharging = £1.92 per 93 miles.
  • Total costs over 10,000 miles = (10000/93) x £1.92 = £207.53
  • Difference = £1,950.00 - £206.45 = £1,743.55




EDF Energy and Electric Vehicles


EDF Energy, Britain’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, is actively supporting the development of electric vehicles. EDF Energy is playing a leading role in the development of electric car technology through investing in home, workplace and public EV charging infrastructure and consulting widely with motor manufacturers, charge point manufacturers and central and local government. Recent forecasts suggest that there will be 85,000 EV’s on the road by 2015, rising to a staggering 600,000 by 2020. EDF Energy is helping people make changes that will contribute to a more sustainable Britain before the attention of the world turns to our shores for London 2012.