In early 2011, Citroen will introduce its battery-powered C-Zero – a nearly identical twin to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV – to the growing group of individuals who participate in the company's electric business-to-business (BtoB) carsharing service: Citroën Business Connected. The new program, launched in France by the automaker just weeks ago, will provide companies and local government agencies with C-Zeros for daily use.
Citroen, with help from French carsharing specialist Carbox, will install charging stations and remotely monitor each vehicle's battery status to ensure that no driver is left stranded. The partners hope that the decision to allow companies to try out electric vehicles without requiring a purchase agreement will help convince firms that battery-powered autos are capable of meeting the demands of fleet use. In this way, Citroen Business Connected could act as a stepping stone and persuade companies to purchase electric autos for their fleets in the near future.