|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.