Citroen's C-Zero electric city car

* New zero-emissions city car * Developed with Mitsubishi * On sale in autumn 2010...

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What Car? Staff
10 November 2009

Citroen's C-Zero electric city car

This is Citroen's C-Zero, an all-electric, zero-emissions, city car for release in 2010.

Based on Mitsubishi's iMiEV
If the C-Zero looks familiar, it's because it has been developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi, and is based on the same platform as the Japanese company's all-electric iMiEV.

Citroen's sister company, Peugeot, has already revealed its version of the electric city car, the iOn, at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Like it's Mitsubishi and Peugeot counterparts, Citroen's C-Zero is a fully electric vehicle, powered by a 64bhp motor. The motor is fuelled by lithium-ion batteries, which are mounted in the centre of the vehicle.

The practicalities
A full recharge of the C-Zero takes six hours, but an 80% charge can be achieved in just 30 minutes when using a fast-charge station.

The C-Zero seats four and has a 166-litre boot. There's an impressive roster of kit, too, with power steering, ABS, traction control, stability control, electric windows, six airbags and air-conditioning.

The Citroen has a top speed of 80mph, with a 0-62mph time of 15.0 seconds. The all-important range is claimed to be around 80 miles in an urban environment.

Prices have yet to be announced, but we expect it to cost in excess of 20,000. The C-Zero will go on sale in autumn 2010.