Citroen C1 Ev'ie electric car driven - What's it like to drive?

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  • Affordable and practical
  • Range of 60-75 miles
  • Still has some problems, though
Citroen C1 Ev'ie
Citroen C1 Ev'ie
What's it like to drive?
With one (heavy) What Car? test driver, ECC founder David Martell and a video cameraman and his equipment on board, the C1 Ev'ie felt sluggish uphill, although acceleration on the flat was decent enough.

The rear of the pre-production car that we drove bottomed out on the first speed bump we encountered, but ground clearance will be two inches higher on the production version.

There will also be an adjustment to the aggressive energy recapture system, which makes the car dive forward, as if you were braking heavily, as soon as you lift off the throttle.

While this energy capture through engine braking does extend the range by up to 15%, Martell says production cars won't be quite so abrupt during the regeneration phase.

This should also prevent the system from overheating as it did during our day spent driving and filming the car for a whatcar.com podcast. Admittedly our cinematic demands meant the car was put through more manoeuvres than would be usual on a daily commute, but the very nature of city traffic means repeated stop-start driving and plenty regenerative phases.

By the end of our two-and-a-half hour drive the system was so hot, with the smell of frying electrical components marinating the cabin, that power output was reduced and the Ev'ie could barely pull away from a set of traffic lights located on a slight incline. Returning to ECC's base via three lanes of rapid Park Lane traffic was also somewhat fraught.

We hope to drive the C1 again, with the planned changes in place, to see how things have improved.

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