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CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars

Citroen C-ZERO

Citroen’s might not be the most adventurous vehicle you’ve ever but it’s one of the few that is a production rather than a designer’s of fancy. Now it’s more and has a wider network of dealer Andy Enright takes a

Ten Second Review

We hear a lot electric vehicles but most are or never actually offered for The Citroen C-ZERO is a reality, zero emissions, a six-hour recharge time and a range of up to 95 Though now more affordable at launch, it’s still but many urban businesses and authorities will not be deterred by an price that makes if you spread it over three contract hire rentals.

Do sums here and EV motoring not prove to be as far away from you as you


If I had a fiver for each I’d read press from manufacturers trumpeting commitment to zero-emission vehicles be rather comfortably off. If, on the hand, I had a fiver for every that has brought one of these to market, you and I could probably do my in on a Pizza Hut buffet evening. intentions are all well and good, but for a vehicle that works in the and now, look no further Citroen’s C-ZERO. Despite its the C-ZERO is a proper car, not a legislation-dodging ‘quadricycle’ like less savoury electric that have appeared. of you who have a knowledge for Japanese will probably recognise it as a Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Yes, Citroen has taken a shortcut as a result but we can only what’s in front of us and the C-ZERO very useful indeed. A price the thick end of £30,000 with a £5,000 government made it look pricey to with, but since then, have become more Just over £21,000 or £250 a month over years — will get you one of these now.

Which that if you take into the savings this car can give it now starts to make sense as a ownership proposition.


Driving an electric vehicle slightly confounds your For a start they disappoint the child in me expects them to milk float sound They don’t. They no noise whatsoever, which in can be a bit of a menace to dozy pedestrians.

The permanent magnet synchronous is powered by a lithium-ion battery and develops 64bhp from to 6,000rpm. The real clincher is a torque figure of 180Nm available instantly from 0 to which gives the little a surprising amount of verve as it off the mark. The batteries can either be by plugging the supply cord a household 240-volt socket or, the C-ZERO can be charged using an 400-volt supply for an 80% charge in 30

The C-ZERO uses a simpler than its Mitsubishi Japanese cousin. Use the first portion of travel and the C-ZERO is in Eco mode, it a firmer prod and it surrenders the power. On the road, the C-ZERO has a top of 80mph, acceleration from in 15 seconds and a range of around 95 over a standard combined

The C-ZERO’s nine-metre turning and alert handling also it easy to navigate through traffic. Parking is simpler in any other vehicle I can think of due to its and the fact that the front are further forwards than the making it easy to edge the meanest parking bay. At long, it’s dwarfed by a C1 city car.

Design and

Aside from the fact you’re very aware there’s not a lot of metal in front of seating position, the interior of the feels fairly conventional. but conventional. Two big blokes might rub in one but it offers more space you might expect for such a vehicle. This is because the system is very compact and the batteries don’t impinge too on cabin space.

There’s actually more in the back of the C-ZERO than in city cars and you get five as well. Don’t count on much baggage as the boot is with the rear seats in The styling isn’t too wacky, as the similar-looking Mitsubishi i petrol-powered car has on sale in the UK since 2006 and the is fairly used to seeing egg-shaped tots. Interior quality isn’t too bad, the fact that much of it has been built with an eye on weight down.

In fact the clue most would that this was anything but a petrol powered citycar at would be the fact that the displays a petrol pump somewhat oddly, an electric hanging out of it. Is that better or than using a mobile when topping up? I’m not

Market and Model

CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars

The story so far the Citroen C-ZERO doesn’t to have a catch. But at launch, found it in the price — £33,000, which seemed a lot when you were able to use a government grant to reduce it. though, has persisted, reducing the in more recent times to over £26,000 which, you subtract the £5,000 grant, the figure down to a more total of just over Still a lot, but then, anyone buys one of these the few private customers that do the plunge preferring instead to opt to the cost with contract rentals. These are now pitched at a month over three a figure that actually up quite well against you’d pay for one of the better conventional

These days, there’s a greater number of Citroen selling the car and more elsewhere in the that can service it. Not that servicing should ever be As for the car itself, there’s only a bodystyle with one modestly trim level on offer and in of competition, the most obvious two are the Peugeot iOn and Mitsubishi MiEV that share this basic design. Aside these, Nissan’s slightly but now significantly pricier LEAF car will also be on the radar of EV customers.

Most of these are looking to project a clean and local authorities who want to do and set an example at the same time.

of Ownership

It’s tricky to the C-ZERO’s cost of ownership trying to ignore the elephant in the that is the upfront asking Clamber beyond that and you a car that typically costs £2.50 in electricity to run for 120 miles. You get low servicing costs and downtime with only approximately 4 parts compared to over 300 in a internal combustion engine. car is exempt from road tax approx £300 per annum), has benefit-in-kind company car tax, from a lower rate of VAT for electricity, is exempt from charges (saving up to £2,000 per in London) and benefits from parking in many London and cities such as Milton Owners can also expect residual values due to high outstripping supply for several to come.

One thing that’s definitely bearing in mind is the source of electricity. If your power is drawn from a filthy power station, then green credentials are going to be dented. Most electricity offer a guaranteed green

These are separated into Supply where the supplier ensure that for every of electricity you purchase, the company a stated percentage of renewable for you. With Green your premium goes helping your electricity participate in renewable energy and aids future development of energy.


That has brought an electric vehicle to at all is laudable. By co-opting and rebadging the of another manufacturer, the C-ZERO a short cut to achieving this end and as vehicles go, it’s relatively Many other manufacturers aim far but achieve nothing tangible.

In contrast, you can buy this car now — and still pricey, it’s affordable than it used to be. Do so and find that the C-ZERO surprisingly well as a commuter although you’ll have to get to frequent charging unless you a high capacity 400V supply. The 95 mile range to engender a bit of ‘range anxiety’ driving it but as long as you’re not too with the throttle, it’ll most commutes with What’s tougher to justify at the is the asking price, but now that has been reduced and contract rental payments made affordable, this C-ZERO is to become a feasible option for buyers prepared to consider game running costs.

adopters should form an queue.

CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars

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