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CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars

20 August 2009

We re travelling on the A4 between Chiswick s Hogarth and the Hammersmith flyover. The speedo 45mph, the satnav says but the stomach insists we re oscillating between the two. It feels this Citroen C1 hatchback is not firing on all cylinders, the constant position failing to translate to a and sustained speed.

But of course we re not a cylinder because we re travelling by not by internal combustion. If there s a anywhere it must be among the of this converted ECC Evie car .

The rocking motion gets the faster we go, so it s fortunate that runs out at 60mph. We haven t any sea-sickness tablets.

It s a shame that this dominates our test drive, almost everything else the Evie is smooth and highly It s easy and very pleasant to around town, being a car with good visibility, mirrors, a decent horn, power steering and enough get-up-and-go to nip into gaps. The (40bhp) motor, fed by 25 lithium ion hauls the car smoothly from to 30mph in about eight with foot flat to the

This doesn t sound but it s more than fast for inner-city cut and thrust.

The Evie is quiet inside and out the Citroen car being infinitely better than the ramshackle EV efforts of or Aixam. The fat-friend weight of the doesn t spoil the softish meaning road humps and urban asphalt can be traversed the minimum of fuss.

The driving position is good, by the adjustable wheel and marred by slightly narrow seats and a lack of left-foot resting There s nothing to keep foot busy, of course. The s gearbox offers only neutral and reverse, with no and no park position.

The handbrake is and, in a probably pointless to avoid wasting power on lights, we use it more than we might when stationary in The car doesn t creep from a without throttle, and the regenerative succeeds beautifully in feeling ordinary, predictable engine

A circular pod emerging like a plastic mushroom from the cowl keeps us in the loop the battery s remaining charge, both a digital percentage and a row of green, amber and red lights. LEDs helpfully start to in turn as you approach each of capacity.

CITROEN C-Zero Electric Cars

In our test we travel about 13 from Westminster via Knightsbridge to and back again, deliberately the kind of route this car is destined to travel. After at about 17,000, the Evie is far cheap to buy. But it does low ongoing costs for well-heeled who like to park and travel London s congestion zone, which EVs can slip without

We keep pace with traffic during our test, tends to involve using the car s to the full for much of the time. Our trip leaves 61% in reserve, to a total range of about 34 well short of the manufacturer s 60-mile maximum between charges. No doubt a more driving style would the range dramatically, but we would want to think twice or three times before off to a destination more than 15 away.

Overall, we re disappointed but impressed by the if that verdict makes It is a better car than we thought our first brief taste. but is not the persuasive package we had hoped It is a better bet than the similarly-priced L-ion if only because of the speed on offer will be without fear of disintegration, the much lighter G-Wiz probably do better in real-world

Our test Evie was very supplied by Zipcar, the car-sharing Members can drive this car for a very reasonable 3.95 per We were duly impressed by s operation, and will look at it in detail in a follow-up post to shortly.

Zipcar s Evie, OOJ. has led a varied life so It took a starring role at the launch event in April, alongside ECC top brass on the plush inside the Royal Lancaster and was photographed on a golf course for a CAR Giant Test published month, where it was pitched the G-Wiz, Mitsubishi i-Miev and ForTwo Ed. It won that round the opposition.

Not having sampled the i-Miev or Ed, we ll to take CAR s word for it.

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


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