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Four-seater electric car launched

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A manufacturer has launched a four-seater electric car with a range of 60-70 miles, in a motoring first for the UK.

The Electric Car Corporation (ECC) created the 60mph vehicle, called the Citroen C1 ev'ie, which is based on the car maker's C1 model.

The vehicle, which is available for £16,850, can be charged at a cost of 90p from a domestic 13-amp socket for six to seven hours.

It is an ideal city car, says the ECC, and is suitable for professional or domestic use.

Depending on demand and government backing, the firm predicts it will produce around 500 in the next year and a further 2,000 to 4,000 units in 2010.

Xavier Duchemin, managing director at Citroen UK, said he was delighted to be supplying ECC with C1s for the project and added that the car maker is committed to providing green alternatives for motorists.

ECC chief executive David Martell said the company believes this is the first serious alternative to a petrol or diesel car.

"The key to building a successful electric car is an efficient battery management system. ECC has developed an advanced and sophisticated system, which when coupled with regenerative braking, can provide the driver with much greater range and better performance," he said.

© Press Association 2009