The award, presented at a ceremony in London last week, recognises Peugeot’s introduction of the electric vehicle and the resulting drop in average CO2 emissions across its range.
Judges also praised Peugeot’s introduction of stop-start technology with an ‘e-booster’ function – named e-HDi – in the likes of the new Peugeot 508 and the future launch of the world’s first diesel-electric hybrid car in the shape of the 3008 HYbrid4.
Phil Robson, Fleet Director for Peugeot UK, said: “It really is testament to the sustained effort that Peugeot has made over many years to refine its existing engine technology and to bring to market new, cleaner technologies that offer a genuine solution for everyday motoring.
"With the 3008 HYbrid4 – the world’s first diesel hybrid – coming later this year and a plug-in hybrid to follow soon after, we are the brand ‘on the move’ and one with a priority on cleaner, more fuel efficient motoring.”
Peugeot is one of the first manufacturers in the UK to launch an electric vehicle in the UK that qualifies for the government’s Plug-in grant, offering £5,000 off the price of the four-seat electric car.
As the Peugeot iOn is available on a four-year, lease-only contract, the grant is included in the monthly price of £415 before VAT. The battery is also leased separately, allowing the manufacturer to cover the costs of expensive replacements.
The Peugeot iOn is available from 22 dealerships in the UK, including Perrys Milton Keynes, which boasts specialist sales and aftersales staff specially trained to service and maintain the electric powertrain.
The dealership also offers a charging point and tester vehicle for potential customers who wish to test drive the Peugeot iOn before buying.