Radical new four-seater can cover 80 miles on a charge. It'll be in showrooms by autumnBy this time next year, the first of these could be gliding around the UK’s roads. We say ‘gliding’ because this is Citrn’s C-Zero, a new, all-electric four seater that the company plans to begin selling here towards the end of 2010. The car will be near-silent on the move, powered entirely by a 47kw, 67bhp electric motor.
It’ll have 88 lithium-ion batteries mounted low and in the centre of the car, giving enough power at full charge to take the car up to 80 miles. It’ll move from rest to 60mph in about 15secs and is capable of up to 80mph. A full recharge takes about six hours using a regular three-pin socket, while high-voltage street recharging points (as available in some parts of London and other major cities) can have you up and running with an 80% charge in just 30 minutes. The car runs, effectively off a single gear but drives much like a conventional automatic. Because there’s no engine sound the C-Zero beeps once the ignition is on to let you know that it is running.
The car is well equipped – six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, air conditioning and electric windows come as standard. Prices will be released nearer launch.
The car is a joint venture between Citrn, Peugeot and Mitsubishi. The Peugeot and Mitsubiswhi versions of the car, called iOn, while Mitsubishi’s will be the iMiev. Citrn is offering anyone who pre-orders the car an exclusive test-drive in one before it reaches showrooms.
The car, which emits no CO2 at source forms part of Citrn’s plan to lower emissions across its range. They also include a version of the new C3 supermini which will run at 99g/km of Co2, in line with the eco models from Ford, Volkswagen, Seat and Vauxhall.