Peugeot to Mark COP21 Climate Change Conference in France with Hands-On Eco Workshop

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Next Monday, on November 30, the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference is going to debut in Le Bourget, France, gathering some of the world’s most important leaders.
As usual, the main topics are going to tackle serious climate problems and, as usual, very few solutions will be found, and even fewer concrete measures will be taken after the meeting ends on December 11.

Anyway, one thing is clear: this event will turn France into the epicenter of environmentalism for a few days, and anyone interested in joining this movement will surely take advantage and tag along.

One such entity appears to be French automotive conglomerate PSA Peugeot Citroën, which will be setting up an eco-driving and test center outside its main headquarters on Avenue de la Grande-Armée in Paris. PSA will be lining up 18 vehicles including EVs, hybrids and low carbon emission gasoline and diesel cars from its three brands: Peugeot, Citroën, and DS.

Around 100,000 invitations have already been sent to retail and corporate customers, but the general public will also be able to get actively involved. PSA has planned a 20-minute circuit that the guests will have to drive through and get advice from eco-driving instructors on how to improve fuel efficiency by up to 15 percent.

The list of vehicles includes some predictable names such as the Peugeot iOn or the Citroën C-Zero electric vehicles, but it will also feature diesel-powered cars, which comes a little as a surprise considering the recent developments. Electric bicycles and the e-Vivacity electric scooter will also be on site.

It’s not unusual for carmakers to mark these climate change conferences with parallel events meant to show their concern over the impact of humankind on the environment. One such example is BMW launching its 16th art car in 2009 at the COP15 in Copenhagen.

The H2R project (also known as “Your Mobile Expectations”) was made by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and marked a departure from the classic notion of an “art car.” Olafur’s creation resembled a frozen frame covering a hot core and had to be kept in a special room with a low temperature, which kind of defeated the purpose since it needed so much energy to maintain its state, but you can't argue with art.
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