Olympic triathlete Alex Yee from the UK has chosen to drive a zero-emissions electric vehicle after successfully passing his driving test. Yee has chosen the PEUGEOT e-208 electric vehicle (EV) as his first car following lessons with the British School of Motoring (BSM) in PEUGEOT’s 208 supermini.
Yee’s pass certificate joins an impressive medal haul picked up over the summer, after winning a gold in the mixed relay and silver medal in the individual triathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Alex Yee, Olympic triathlete, said: “Having just passed my test I am really pleased to be driving an electric vehicle as my first car and be doing my bit for the environment, however small it may be.
“The e-208 is an ideal car for me; it’s relaxing to drive and easy to use. Its compact dimensions make it easy to park but there’s still plenty of space for my training kit and bike.”
Julie David, PEUGEOT UK managing director, said: “We were extremely happy to offer Alex a new PEUGEOT e-208 to kickstart his time on the road.
“An electric vehicle is one of the easiest types of cars to drive, and is an ideal vehicle for someone like Alex, who will be running around attending training sessions and race meetings.”
With the forthcoming 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol or diesel vehicles, it will be increasingly likely that new drivers will head out on the road for the first time in an electrified car.
As PEUGEOT’s recent research found, children as young as seven are already pestering their parents about making the switch, suggesting younger generations already have their sights set on electric cars.
Recent research by PEUGEOT UK found that 40 percent of parents would like to see their children learn to drive in an electric car, while a quarter of parents admit their children regularly pester them about switching from their diesel or petrol car to an electrified vehicle.
The research also highlighted the increasing awareness among younger demographics of the impact of electric vehicles, with almost 70 percent of children believing electrified vehicles are good for the planet.