Citroen Zeros in on Geneva

Citroen has come to Geneva with its C-Zero pure electric runabout. The car is already on sale in the UK, but it’s good to see the company flying the EV flag.

By Gavin Conway on February 27, 2011 3:47 PM

The C-Zero, like its Peugeot iOn stablemate, is based on Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV and power comes from the same permanent magnetic synchronous motor, which produces 47kW (64bhp).

A centre-mounted 330-volt Lithium Ion battery pack powers the motor, which propels the C-Zero to 62mph in 15secs. A full recharge takes six hours, while an 80 percent fast charge on a 400-volt socket takes just 30 minutes.

Citroen is also crowing about its production ready DS4 with e-HDi micro-hybrid technology. What that mouthful actually means is that the DS4 has a Start/Stop system as well as brake energy capture that turns deceleration into electricity to charge the battery. So it’s not really a hybrid as we’d know it. Still, it’s a nice marketing tool to have ‘hybrid’ in your new motor’s name.