LONDON: Groupe PSA in the UK has introduced a new roadside assistance plan in an effort to bolster consumer confidence in its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and fully-electric vehicles (EV).
The French car maker owns Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall.
The company announced that from 2019 onwards, it will begin electrifying its petrol and diesel models within the five brands with the aim of achieving full electrification by 2025.
The new plan means that new buyers of the company's latest generation of PHEVs and EVs will receive an eight-year or 100,000-mile (162,000km) warranty.
Such models include the new Peugeot e-208 and 3008 SUV Hybrid, the new Vauxhall Corsa-e, Grandland X Hybrid and Hybrid4, new DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 as well as the new Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid.
The plan includes roadside recovery as well as home and roadside repairs and if that's not possible, the vehicle will be transported to the nearest authorised repairer, while onward travel for up to seven passengers will be provided to their final destination in the UK.
Also, the plan covers for situations that include running out of fuel or charge, where electric vehicle owners will either be given a short charge at the roadside or will be recovered to the nearest suitable charge-point.
“Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles represent the fastest-growing vehicle segment in the UK. With more buyers looking to make the switch, we hope this initiative will give first-time electric car buyers the peace of mind they’re looking for,” said Groupe PSA parts and service director (UK) Richard Dyson.