PSA Peugeot Citroen
has started delivering its Peugeot
Partner and Citroen
Berlingo electric vans in France. 1,500 of the EV
vans are scheduled to be manufactured through 2011. It's a small number, but bigger than the number of Ford Transit Connect Electric
vans that FoMoCo says it will sell in the U.S. next year
. PSA has contracted Monaco-based Venturi to supply EV components for the vans including the batteries and powertrains, and Venturi does not anticipate the supply contract to grow to larger volumes. As Gildo Pallanca Pastor, Venturi CEO, told Automotive News Europe
We are specialized in low-volume production numbers. Eventually, EV vans will be produced in large quantities [on an industrywide basis], but our company will continue to address niche markets.
Speaking of niche markets, 250 of the electric vans have been delivered to La Poste, France's postal service. Also about to hit the market from the French automaker are two small battery-powered cars derived from the Mitsubishi i-MiEV
: the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero. Both are being produced in Japan.
[Source: Automotive News Europe