Citroen C-Zero available on a lease

The Citroen C-Zero, like the identical Peugeot iOn, will be offered as a lease-only vehicle, with all monthly payments inclusive of the government discount.

Prices for the C-Zero are identical to the Peugeot model at £415 per month before the new 20 per cent rate of VAT is added.

The C-Zero is available on a four-year, 40,000-mile contract, which covers servicing and maintenance costs as well as the cost of the leasing the battery pack.

Set to be delivered to the first UK customers, the four-seat electric car will offer a range of 93 miles on a full charge, which the French manufacturer estimates will cost just £1.50.

Designed for short journeys, the car can reach 80mph and has a 0-62mph sprint time of 15 seconds courtesy of a 64bhp electric motor.

The car will also be eligible for free VED, exemption from the London congestion charge and free parking in some areas of London.

Linda Jackson, Citroën UK’s Managing Director, said: "A comfortable, economical and practical mode of transport for town and city drivers, C-ZERO is one of the first truly viable solutions for the future of urban motoring. We look forward to its arrival on our roads early next year."

First deliveries of the Citroen C-Zero will take place early in 2011, in time for the introduction of the government’s £5,000 grant.

The government has pledged £43 million towards the grant and further funds to install 15,000 electric charging points across the country.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Government action to support affordable vehicles and more local charging points means we are on the threshold of an exciting green revolution – 2011 could be remembered as the year the electric car took off."