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Europe: Ultra-cheap Citroen C-Zero electric car ‘sells out’ in 24 hours

Price an electric vehicle right, and they’ll beat a path to your door.

That statement was proved in spades by Citroen last week when the French automaker made 200 C-Zero battery-electric vehicles available for 23-month, 20,000 kilometers (about 12,500 miles) leases for the low, low price of 90 euros a month ($112 U.S. at today’s exchange rates). The 200 EVs in the program were all gone in 24 hours, reports Technologic Vehicles.

There’s a catch, of course. Citroen, along with partner Zilok Auto, runs the car-sharing service Multicity. As best as our French language skills and reading of the unclear English on Technologic Vehicles can make out, in order to lease the vehicle for just 90 euros a month, you have to register your EV with Multicity. Then, each time someone rents your car, you get 40 percent of the amount they pay, and Citroen and Zilok Auto split the rest. Technologic doesn’t cite any sources, but says that “Citroen recommend a price of 30 € / day.” That seems out of whack with the monthly cost of 90 euros, doesn’t it?


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