Regular readers of our news will know that electric cars are a high interest area in Denmark. The country has a leading position in Europe in terms of electricity generated by wind power, e-transport infrastructure is being invested in and developed apace, the government has tax exempted electric cars until at least 2012, and droves of electric car manufacturers and providers have stated their intention to launch models in Denmark including BYD, Mercedes Benz, Better Place (backed by Renault/Nissan and DONG Energy), Aixam and Tesla Motors.
But while the above are preparing to roll out their e-transport solutions, Germany's car rental giant Sixt is leaping into the market ahead of the field and will put hundreds of Citroen C1 electric models onto Denmark's streets from 1st September this year, writes Business.dk. The vehicles will be available for purchase or rental, and have a range-per-charge of 120 km which is certainly sufficient for the daily travel requirements of most Danes.
To make their offer as attractive as possible, Sixt will offer purchasers or hirers of the Citroen C1 electric car the benefit of large discounts on hiring ordinary combustion engined cars from the firm. Kasper Gjedsted, managing director of Sixt Denmark, told Business.dk:
"That means it will never be a problem that the electric car's range is limited. If you want to visit relatives in Jutland or take a vacation in France, all you have to do is drive into your nearest Sixt station where a diesel station car is ready for you to pick up – at a big discount."
Gjedsted is convinced that Sixt have picked the right time to hit the Danish market. "Everyone is talking about electric cars like they are something that can first become a reality many years ahead. But why wait to build up an expensive infrastructure that risks being outdated before it's completed, when we have the solution here and now."