C-Zero due 2010

Andrew Williams | 12 years ago

Back in September, French Car-maker PSA Peugeot-Citroen announced that it had teamed up with Mitsubishi to make an electric vehicle based on the zippy i-MiEV.  Well, now it seems that the partnership has come to fruition, afterCitroen unveiled the C-Zero, an all-electric car set to hit European showrooms late next year.

The compact C-Zero features the same drivetrain as the i-MiEV, with a lithium-ion battery powering a 64bhp electric motor.  Drivers will be able to fully charge the car in six hours via a regular mains socket, allowing a range of 80 miles.  Alternatively, an 80 per cent charge takes just half an hour using a 400V supply.  In terms of performance, the Citroen press release says the C-Zero can zip from 0-62mph in 15 seconds, and accelerate from 37-56mph (50-70km/h) in six seconds with a respectable top speed of 80mph.

The C-Zero will ship with power steering, ABS, traction control, ESP, electric windows, six airbags and air conditioning as standard.

Citroen has told reporters that the C-Zero will be commercially available at the end of 2010 and, although no prices have been confirmed yet, insiders expect that it will cost around £10,000.

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