We now present the Citroën C-Zero, a city car that is designed to be as easy to use as possible.
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE C-ZERO CITROEN
Compared with the best-selling electric vehicles in France, Citroën is playing the sobriety card. Indeed, in terms of engine power, where most manufacturers rely on a 100 kW (136 hp) engine, the C-Zero’s engine is only 49 kW (67 hp). This still allows the car to reach the 130 km/h (130 mph) speed limit on the motorway).
In terms of technological options, it’s the same thing. Where many manufacturers boast of their innovations, Citroën limits itself to basic comfort: power steering, regenerative braking and air conditioning. We are therefore a long way from intelligent cruise control or blind spot detection.
AUTONOMY AND RECHARGING OF THE C-ZERO CITROËN
The car has been designed for urban use. The manufacturer has therefore chosen to limit the battery to 14.5 kWh, compared with the 50 kWh of the Renault Zoé or the Peugeot e-208, for a range of 100 to 120 km. This is clearly less than that of its competitors, but is it really necessary to have a range of more than 100 km for use on short journeys in the city?
This car can be recharged from a conventional socket using the cable provided. It will then be necessary to wait between 6 and 11 am. The night will be enough.
With the optional mode 3 charging cable, it will also be possible to connect to public charging stations to recover the 100 km of autonomy in 4 hours.
Finally, even if the battery can only withstand a charging power of 50kW, it will be possible to charge at the 100kW quick-charging terminals to recharge your car in 30 minutes.
WHAT ABOUT CITROËN ZERO?
In imagining this vehicle, Citroën did not want to impress buyers with a high-performance battery or gadgets of any kind. However, this car can seduce all those who want to switch to electric power for short journeys. It seems very easy to use, very practical and its small size allows it to slip into town. Its small 166L trunk can be enough for a few errands.
To buy this car, you will have to spend 26900 euros, more than 5000 euros less than Renault and Peugeot city cars. The simplicity and sobriety of this car will therefore have served to lower the purchase price.
The Citroën C-Zero in a nutshell
- A range of 120 km.
- A price starting at 26900 euros.
- Recharging in 6 hours at home and in 30 minutes on the fast charging stations.
- Exclusive use for short trips