Zero fuel consumption, zero CO2 emissions and zero engine noise: with the Citroen C-ZERO, Citroen is broadening its compact vehicle range with a 100% electric offering.
The new city car is designed to make urban mobility easier - thanks to its compact dimensions, rapid charge and generous range for day-to-day car journeys. And all of this in a silence that makes occupants forget about the noise of the city. The Citroen C-ZERO combines technology and creativity to meet tomorrow's challenges today.
Having already produced more than 5,500 electric vehicles, Citroen has the experience vital to being a front-runner in a market segment that is set to grow significantly in the coming years.
Due for launch in the last quarter of 2010, the Citroen C-ZERO is developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
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.
Using the car is equally simple. When the driver turns the ignition key, a beep confirms that the car is running. The Citroen C-ZERO drives like a regular car with an automatic gearbox. The traditional fuel gauge is replaced by a battery charge indicator.
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 - and also to those of private customers looking for a car with exceptionally low running costs.
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.Published 11 November 2009