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CITROEN C-Zero � Electric Car 47kW Auto

Citroën C Zero Review

Most car makers would like to add an electric vehicle to their line-ups. But fulfilling such an objective isn’t easy – unless a company you share a product with has already done the hard work.



So for Citroen, extending its relationship with Mitsubishi to re-badge the Japanese maker’s electric city car must have been a no-brainer. The result is the C-ZERO – a new version of the zero-emission i-MiEV.

And re-badged is the best way to describe it. While Citroen has replaced Mitsubishi’s three diamonds with its own double chevrons on the bonnet, in every other way the C-ZERO is visually identical to its Japanese cousin.

It looks oddly narrow on the road, but there’s plenty of room for four adults inside. And even though a 47kW electric motor sits beneath the load space, there’s still a 166-litre boot.

Power

The motor draws its power from 88 lithium-ion cells stowed beneath the floor. These are charged simply by plugging into the mains. The only drawback is that a full top-up takes six hours from a domestic supply – it’s less from a commercial output.

Keyless go is standard so, as long as the fob is in your pocket, all you have to do is turn a switch on the steering column and a beep tells you the car is ready to go. Slot the shift lever into ‘Drive’ and the C-ZERO moves off, accompanied only by a muted swish of tyres on tarmac.

The engine provides its full 180Nm of torque throughout the rev range, giving more pulling power than Citroen’s C1 and C2. Acceleration is adequate, if not brisk.

Despite the skinny tyres, handling is stable. And while the C-ZERO has been designed for the urban environment, it certainly isn’t disgraced out on the open road.

Citroen claims a top speed of 80mph and says the car will accelerate from 37-56mph in six seconds. Of more interest is the range. A conservative estimate of 80 miles will be enough for most owners.

CITROEN C-Zero � Electric Car 47kW Auto

Rival: Think! City

It s been a long time coming, but the Norwegian project that started life as a Ford is nearly ready. While handling is decent, above 50mph, speed is limited, plus the car has only two seats.

The electrically powered Citroen C-Zero is a tweaked and rebadged version of Mitsubishi s i-MiEV, and is one the first all-electric models from Citroen to go on sale in the UK.
To distinguish it from the Mitsubishi, it s fitted with new front and rear bumpers, as well as an ESP system to boost safety. Plus, the C-Zero has a more simple gearbox offering only park, reverse and drive modes, doing away with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV s economy and performance settings. Power comes from a 64bhp electric motor located at the rear and there s powerful battery pack under the floor which will carry you up to 93miles.

Keyless go is standard so, as long as the fob is in your pocket, all you have to do is turn a switch on the steering column and a beep tells you the car is ready to go. Slot the shift lever into ‘Drive’ and the C-ZERO moves off, accompanied only by a muted swish of tyres on tarmac.

The result of an agreement between the two brands, the Citroen C-ZERO is another version of Mitsubishi s i-Miev zero-emission electric car. Virtually indistinguishable from it s Japanese cousin, the Citroen C-ZERO simply features new badges and a new name. Powered by the same battery powered 64bhp electric motor situated under the boot floor, the C-ZERO has a range of 93 miles on a full charge and is best suited to life in the city. The tall narrow body is ideal for squeezing through tight gaps and despite the relatively short length, the C-ZERO provides plenty of space for four adults.

The Citroen C-ZERO is exempt from road tax and the London Congestion Charge, some towns also provide free parking spaces for zero-emission vehicles.

CITROEN C-Zero � Electric Car 47kW Auto

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