Citroen customers can be amongst the first to enjoy the benefits of tax-free motoring, in 2010 - in a car specifically created as an electric vehicle. Following Alistair Darling's Pre-Budget Report, the introduction of incentives for electric vehicles is good news for company car buyers considering the Citroen C-ZERO, which is due for launch in the last quarter of 2010.
Company car users are now able to pre-order their Citroen C-ZERO safe in the knowledge that, when it is delivered next year, it will be exempt from company car tax. Customers will also benefit from exceptionally low running costs with the Citroen C-ZERO achieving a range of around 80miles, over a standard combined cycle, from a single charge using a domestic power supply.
The Citroen C-ZERO is a full-electric vehicle powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 47kW or 64bhp EEC from 3,000 to 6,000rpm. Maximum torque of 180Nm is available from 0 to 2,000rpm. 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 16kWh), mounted in the centre of the vehicle. Lithium-ion technology keeps battery weight down compared with conventional technology, while offering equivalent performance. It is also resistant to partial re-charges, which have no impact on battery longevity.
Re-charging the Citroen C-ZERO's batteries could not be simpler. Owners plug the supply cord into a 220-volt socket. A complete charge takes six hours, while an 80% charge is possible in just 30 minutes using an external station with a single-phase current of 125A at 400V, for power of up to 50kW.
The Citroen C-ZERO is perfectly adapted to the needs of all kinds of users - including public sector operators, local authorities, smaller businesses and company fleets.
With four real seats - thanks to a 2.55m wheelbase - and a 166 litre boot, the Citroen C-ZERO is impressively quiet to drive and boasts a plethora of comfort and safety equipment. Original-fit features include power steering, ABS, traction control, ESP, electric windows, six airbags and air conditioning.
The Citroen C-ZERO's compact exterior dimensions - 3.48m long - and a 9m turning circle, make it a cinch to nip in and out of city traffic. And with a top speed of 80mph, acceleration from 0-62mph in 15 seconds and 37-56mph in 6 seconds, along with a range of around 80miles, over a standard combined cycle, it is also fully at ease out on the open road.
Due to be launched in the last quarter of 2010, the Citroen C-ZERO is developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.Published 12 October 2009