Citroen has begun taking orders on its pair of electric vehicles – the C-Zero and Berlingo First Electric – and reports that its has taken 800 orders for the C-Zero, a nearly identical twin of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV. Most of the orders will be fulfilled soon and shipped out to public and private fleets within the next month. Of the 800 C-Zeroes, 400 were ordered by Raiffeisen Leasing in Austria, 53 will go to Choose EV in Denmark and some are headed to undisclosed customers in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and France. 63 C-Zeros were swooped up by private customers in Norway. National/Citer, a short-term car rental company, signed a contract with Citroen and expects its order of 250 C-Zeros to be fulfilled soon.
While some C-Zeros are headed to the public, virtually all of the first 400 Berlingo First Electrics have been ordered for fleet use. 250 battery-powered Berlingos will ship out to the French post office, La Poste, later this month. Raiffeisen Leasing will see its batch of 140 Berlingos arrive next month. For now, Citroën is probably content with fleet sales, but as production of both vehicles ramp up, interest from private individuals will hopefully rise as well.