As regular readers will know, the Danish government's decision as part of the country's current energy policy to tax exempt EVs (electric vehicles) until 2012 and possibly beyond, has led to a veritable convoy of auto manufacturers announcing their intentions to launch EVs on the Danish market. Now the tale has a taken yet another turn – a British company wants both to assemble and sell EVs here, reports professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).
Britain's Electric Car Corporation has taken the decision that this year around 1,000 of its EVs will be produced in Denmark instead of the UK. Why? Because the company is vexed at the British government's decision that EVs will first be granted a subsidy of GBP 5,000 from 2011.
"Such a delay adversely affects the UK market, because who is going to buy an EV right now, if they can gain a sizeable subsidy by waiting?" said Electric Car Corporation director David Martell to Ingeniøren. And when asked if it was really so much better to choose Denmark, where EV tax-exemption is only guaranteed until 2012, he replied: "Yes, it is far better, seen from a marketing perspective."
The model of car that will be built is a Citroën C1 EV, which is approved for use on Danish roads, and the dealer will be ChoosEV – a company set up in Denmark as a JV between two Danish energy companies and the German car rental giant Sixt – about whom Invest in Denmark has already recently written (type ChoosEV in this website's search field to access the stories).
The vehicles will be converted to EVs and assembled at the premises of Axel Ketner in Århus.