A Closer Look At The Electric Citroen EV

It seems Citroen beat Mitsubishi and Renault with its C1 ev’ie being delivered in the UK as of now. although technically it isn’t full Citroen delivery.

The gist with all the talk around the iMiEV being tested and due out soon, the Renault-Nissan alliance with Better Place and other electric vehicles, EV eying to be the first on the market, it seems the Peugeot-Citroen PSA group beat its competition to the table via some help.

A Little History.  Peugeot isn’t technically in competition with Mitsubishi, it has formed a strategic partnership with the Japanese car maker.  According to Wikipedia, the converted Citroën C1 by the Electric Car Corporation has a fixed-ratio transmission and regenerative braking with ABS with a standard 5-speed gearbox locked into 3rd gear.  How much?  If you are in the UK, you can get it for £16,850, roughly $24,989 US and there will be only 500 built, even though the company expects to built 2,000 and 4,000 vehicles by 2010.

Technically Speaking.  The EV has a range of about 60 to 70 miles with a top speed of 60 mph.  It can fully charge in 6 to 7 hours.  It uses a a 30kw electric motor, about 40hp, powered by a lithium-ion batteries pack neatly tucked under the hood and where the fuel tank used to be.  The full 6 hour charge, given a 13 amp socket and 220 volts should cost $1.20 in the UK or 90p, enough to make many envious elsewhere.

In conclusion, it would seem like Citroen beat a lot of competition, although through the Electric Car Corporation company.