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CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars

 

Citroen C-Zero

 

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Citroen has a new EV after a 7-year hiatus. Called C-Zero to indicate Zero emission and fit with their existing numbering system it is virtually identical to Peugeot iOn. The two sister companies have long shared designs on small cars: the Peugeot 106 was (generally) the upmarket version of the Citroen Saxo.

Currently the Peugeot 107, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo are all essentially the same car and roll off the same production line. Peugeot and Citroen have followed the same logic to bring a new EV to market.

Citroen C-Zero В© ecodrive

Peugeot-Citroen’s pre-existing relationship with Mitsubishi to buy-in low volume models (they also rebadge their Outlander 4×4 model as Citroen C-Crosser) meant it was an obvious choice as a partner to reintroduce EVs to the market using the well-developed i-MiEV as the basis.

The French giant has quite a history with EVs: their Berlingo ©lectrique was the first serious commercial electric vehicle getting into fleets in the UK in the 90s. They also produced an electric version of the Saxo, which never made it to these shores since it would have competed with the Peugeot 106 Electric.

In terms of specification, the Peugeot and Citroen products are identical so C-Zero is definitely not the poor-man’s iOn. So what are the differences between C-Zero and i-MiEV? The most significant addition on the C-Zero is Citroen Connect, fitted to all of the other cars in their portfolio now, allowing you to summon roadside assistance or the emergency services at the touch of a button — or automatically in the case of an accident. A built-in SIM card, mobile phone technology and a GPS allow emergency calls to be tracked and the vehicle location pinpointed.



On C-Zero the service extends cover to running out of juice — a comforting safety blanket, especially for a novice EV driver.

The cooler, funkier cousin?

Just like other small Citroen’s, C-Zero is normally shown off in the bold yellow or red (to reflect Citroen’s branding) as opposed to the conservative silver and metallic blue normally seen on Peugeot iOn. Whilst the colour pallette is far greater than the paltry 4 choices available on i-MiEV, they are largely the same between the sister brands (solid white, silver, black, pearlescent white, red yellow) but each brand has a unique choice, Citroen replacing the metallic Killi Blue with metallic Raspberry Red. Peugeot iOn and Mitsubishi i-MiEV have opted for body-coloured door frames whereas C-Zero has black borders: together with the tinted windows and black-bodied mirrors they give a more solid look with the illusion of a single, large contrasting panel.

Smoke-tinted rear lamp clusters are carried straight over from the i-MiEV and are a little more ‘Citroen’ than the red ones of iOn, reflecting the same choices on C1 and 107. The headlamp bodies are darker too. C-Zero comes with automatically folding mirrors activated by the remote central locking and 7-spoke alloys are standard — an option on i-MiEV.

Completing the Citroen image are the trademark chevrons on the tiny bonnet.

You get a standard DIN radio with 2 speakers and 2 tweeters but it has both a CD and a USB connection — to connect straight to an iPod, other MP3 player or even just a memory stick with your favourite tunes. It also has Bluetooth and a microphone in the dash to use handsfree with a suitable mobile phone.

CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars

On the road

The official range figure from the European ‘NEDC’ test cycle quotes a range of 93 miles, but this is an overestimate in virtually all circumstances. A practical maximum of 80 miles is a more honest estimate, subject to modest speeds and without the use of the electric heating or air-conditioning. With automatic style driving controls and just Park-Reverse-Neutral-Drive selections, it is incredibly simple to drive.

There is no built-in satellite navigation but is available as an accessory to fix to the windscreen.

Being rear-wheel-drive it doesn’t have a huge boot, just 166 litres, but the 50:50 rear seats fold flat very simply (no issue with seatbelts being caught up etc) to liberate a high, level load floor making it more practical than many larger hatchbacks. Without drive going through the front wheels it has an incredibly tight turning lock, particularly useful in city driving and for making u-turns in the road.

There is only one trim level, in one shade of brown, but relatively well-specified with remote central locking and all-round electric windows. Electric heating and air-conditioning need judicious use to avoid reducing range, where this will be an issue. The range can be down to as little as 40 miles, especially in winter with heating and a heavy right foot, but with care a reliable 60 mile range is easily achievable.

All three of the cars achieved an impressive 4-star Euro-NCAP rating, with 6 airbags including curtain airbags, Isofix points for child seats in the rear with a disabling function for the passenger airbag.

Charging

In common with the other Japanese origin cars, including Nissan LEAF, C-Zero has 2 charge inlets, one on each rear quarter panel: the right-hand-side has the ‘normal’ inlet for charging at home (or base) from a wallbox charger or at a charging station, recouping 8-12 miles’ worth of driving per hour. On the left-hand-side rear is the Quick Charge inlet for use with ChaDeMo chargers to bring up 80% in 30 minutes from empty: 30%-80% in about 15 minutes. Plugged In Places areas deploying these chargers (as well as Ireland, the Netherlands and Estonia) give longer legs to the pint-sized car.

CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars
CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars
CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars

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