Rome police buys Citroen electric cars

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Rome's police force has bought 14 electric cars from French producer PSA-Peugeot-Citroen, officials said at a press conference on Wednesday with Italian Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo.

The 14 Citroen C-Zero vehicles bought for 500,000 euros ($689,000) will replace the oldest and most polluting squad cars and will patrol the historic centre as the Eternal City aims to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent before 2020.

"These cars are for particular kinds of missions," said Ayoul Grouvel, director of distribution and mobility strategy at PSA, told AFP.

"Police can't chase drug dealers on a motorway with them," he said.

The fully electric cars have enough charge to travel 150 kilometres and their top speed is 130 kilometres per hour. They can be re-charged at special solar powered stations of which there are already 40 in Rome.

The police force said it was planning to buy 200 more Citroen C-Zeros.

© 2011 AFP

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