The government is struggling to find electric models for its famous social leasing at 100 euros per month. Citroën will come to its rescue with the new electric C3.
The electric car at 100 euros per month, we have been talking about it for a while, but obviously the measure is not easy to put in place. According to the latest news, the device should be activated at the end of the year. As a reminder, only the most modest households will be able to benefit from it. Eligibility criteria have not been communicated at this stage.
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Finding the cars that will make up the offer for this social leasing is a complex challenge for the government, which is engaged in long discussions with manufacturers and rental companies. A first selection would nevertheless have been stopped and, according to information collected by Capital, the new electric Citroën C3 is one of them.
A Citroën ë-C3 that ticks all the boxes
The future electric C3 (or ë-C3) will be inspired by the Oli concept. It should be fully in line with Citroën’s new positioning, halfway between generalist and low-cost. With a starting price below €25,000 (at least that’s what is expected), this electric city car has everything to please the government, which will only be able to set up its social leasing with affordable models.
The Citroën ë-C3 will be produced on the Old Continent, and more precisely in Slovakia. This point is essential, because the executive does not want a vehicle made in China. It is also for this reason that the Dacia Spring will not be able to integrate the device, unless Dacia relocates its production.
A Renault also selected, but not the one we expected
In addition to the electric C3, a second model would already be selected: the Renault Twingo E-Tech. A somewhat surprising choice, insofar as this vehicle produced in Slovenia will retire in the summer of 2024. The new electric Renault 5 would have been a more sustainable option over time. It is also possible that it appears one day or another on the list of eligible models.
The electric C3 and the Twingo E-Tech would be the only two models retained in the current state of things. Like the R5, the Peugeot e-208 is also a plausible candidate, even if its higher price does not plead in its favor. In general, the choice is not huge: there are indeed not many electric cars that are really affordable and produced in Europe.
Other car manufacturers are trying to attract customers by offering lease-to-own (LOA) offers at 99 euros per month. This is the case of the MG4 or the electric Fiat 500. However, it is essential to pay attention to the fine print that accompanies these offers. The conditions, often stipulated in fine print, can include mileage limits, additional charges at the end of the contract or other obligations.
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