The Citroen C-ZERO, the Company's new battery-powered city car, braved snow and sub-zero temperatures earlier this month to become the very first all-electric production vehicle to use the Eurotunnel's shuttle service.
The environmentally-considerate model travelled through the Channel Tunnel as part of a feature for The Sunday Times, in which Nick Rufford and Jason Dawe drove the car from London to Calais and back to Ashford in Kent, a distance of around 100 miles.
The journey was undertaken through some of the worst December weather in the UK for 20 years. Yet despite freezing temperatures and thick snow, which stopped many vehicles in their tracks, the Citroen C-ZERO carried on, passing mile upon mile of stationary traffic in the process.
Nick Rufford, Editor of InGear, said; "Jason and I are delighted to be the first passengers through the tunnel in a production electric vehicle. The C-ZERO performed admirably, despite the terrible weather conditions, and we were still able to complete our story."
Zero fuel consumption, zero CO2 emissions and zero engine noise - the aptly named C-ZERO is Citroen's 100% electric solution to meet the demands of modern day urban driving. With compact dimensions, rapid charge capability and generous range for day-to-day car journeys, Citroen C-ZERO is a perfect city companion.
Despite measuring just 3.48m (l), 1.48m (w) & 1.60m (h), C-ZERO offers a spacious and comfortable cabin with four real seats and a 166-litre boot. On the road, the Citroen C-ZERO has a top speed of 80mph, accelerates from 0-62mph in 15.9 seconds and has a range of up to 93 miles per charge. Citroen C-ZERO's 9m turning circle and nimble handling also make it easy to navigate through city traffic.
The new Citroen C-ZERO is available to lease at £415 per month over 4 years/40,000 miles, including warranty, servicing and maintenance. First deliveries are scheduled for early 2011.Published 14 December 2010