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Citroën to Launch i MiEV-Derived C-ZERO EV in Q4 2010

The Citroën C-ZERO. Click to enlarge.

Citroën will launch its electric city car, the C-ZERO, developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation from the i MiEV, in the fourth quarter of 2010. C-ZERO is Citroën’s second electric vehicle alongside Berlingo First Electric, developed with Venturi. In France, both these models qualify for the government bonus of €5,000 (US$7,500).

In September, Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), and Philippe Varin, CEO of PSA Peugeot Citroën, in Paris had signed a cooperative agreement on the development of EVs, one point of which was the development of an EV for the European market based on MMC’s Japanese i-MiEV model. The vehicle is to be sold in Europe, with both Peugeot and Citroën versions. (Earlier post.)

The Citroën C-ZERO is a full-electric vehicle powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 47 kW (64 bhp EEC) from 3,000 to 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 180 N·m (133 lb-ft) is available from 2,000 rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear axle via a single-speed reduction gear.

The motor is powered by a latest-generation 330-volt lithium-ion battery system comprising 88 50Ah cells (for onboard energy of 16 kWh) mounted in the center of the vehicle. A complete charge from a 220V socket lasts six hours, while an 80% charge is possible in just 30 minutes using an external station with a single-phase current of 125 A at 400 V, for power of up to 50 kWh.

The C-ZERO has a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 15 seconds and 60-90 km/h in six seconds. Range is around 130 km (81 miles) over a standard combined cycle. In France, 70% of daily car trips made in the week are under 30 km, with an overall average of 40 km.



Perfect! What's the price point?


I know about the 'your mileage may vary' disclaimer.

But knowing that, is the range derived from the 16 kWh nominal capacity or the usable capactity?


It is a city car, not a grand tourer.
As long as people treat it (and the Miev) as such, they will probably succeed.
If you want to drive from Paris to Marseilles in it, think again.
But, as people have pointed out, how much will it cost ?


"If you want to drive from Paris to Marseilles in it, think again."

Rent a genset pusher trailer. A bit of an inconvenience but not too difficult.

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