PSA showcased its new electric Peugeot 208 in Trnava

Government talks centre around possible tax relief for the carmaker.

Groupe PSA Slovakia representatives, PM Peter Pellegrini, and Economy Minister Peter Žiga present the new e-208 model in Trnava.Groupe PSA Slovakia representatives, PM Peter Pellegrini, and Economy Minister Peter Žiga present the new e-208 model in Trnava. (Source: SITA)

The Trnava-based car maker, Groupe PSA Slovakia, promised in February of this year it would manufacture its first electric car in Slovakia in the second half of this year, and they stuck to its pledge.

“The new e-208 is a powerful tool for reduction of CO2 emissions,” said Groupe PSA Slovakia general director Stéphane Bonnhomeau on September 11, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

It is the fifth PSA model produced in Trnava. An increase in its production is planned for October, and the first cars will be sold towards the end of 2019.

Slovakia is the third country, after Spain and France, where the production of PSA's 100-percent electric cars has been launched. The Trnava plant is, however, the first where e-car batteries are completed, as reported by TASR.

Not only Bonnhomeau, but also Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and Economy Minister Peter Žiga attended the showcase of the new generation of Peugeot 208.

Help may come …

Bonnhomeau also confirmed communication with the Slovak government is on good terms, hinting the full portfolio of products should be produced in its electric version as well.

“It is now up to us to define what kind of help we would need,” he went on to say, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

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The carmaker, which employs with is suppliers nearly 20,000 workers and plans to produce 380,000 vehicles in 2019, could, in fact, get some aid from the government. That has happened twice already, SITA wrote.

… in the form of a new model

“It is crucial that part of the e-car is produced in Slovakia and that the carmaker does not move the production to their home countries,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by SITA.

The prime minister, who got in the new model to try it out in Trnava, confirmed the government is prepared to support the French carmaker if they decide to manufacture a new model in Trnava. Assistance could take the form of tax relief and financial support for the purchase of technologies, SITA wrote.

Pellegrini added a drop in production would impact employment and industrial production in other parts of Slovakia.

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