Local firm ‘PB Group’ in Lithuania is trying to kickstart the country’s electric car economy, with its own version of a 10-year old petrol-fuelled Renault Twingo. The ‘Electron Twingo’ went on the market in December.
Since a new car in Lithuania costs on average €7,000 and fewer than 5% of the population can afford to buy one, the Lithuanian appetite for 2nd hand cars is established.
‘PB Group’ says its Electron Twingo has a top speed of 100 mph and covers 100 miles on a single charge, for a cost of $2. By 2015 the Lithuanian government plans to have a nationwide re-charging system in place.
A ‘PB Group’ spokesperson said Lithuania hopes to have a share in the electronic car market opening up in South Africa, India and China.
Lithuania covers around 660,000 sq miles and has a population of under 4 million.
Lithuanian electric vehicles association http://www.elektromobilis.org/en/about/ and http://uk.reuters.com/video/2012/10/23/lithuanian-firm-takes-charge-of-local-el?videoId=238621695