The wave of green cars being or about to be unveiled somewhere around the world continues to push along as now word comes that the French car outfit Citroen is joining sister brand Peugeot in showing off such a vehicle. Citroen is going for something much less exotic though then the SR1 hybrid concept, opting instead, says Autoblog Green, for the urban four seater C-Zero.
Citroen intends to showcase the C-Zero later this month at the auto show in Brussels. Being as it is all electric, Citroen says, it is totally zero emissions. It runs off of a “permanent magnet synchronous motor” that is powered by a newer generation lithium-ion battery. Engine performance is said to deliver “47kW or 64bhp EEC from 3,000 to 6,000rpm,” with a maximum torque of 180Nm available from 0 to 2,000rpm. Estimated driving statistics, more aimed to European standards, include “a top speed of 80mph, acceleration from 0-62mph in 15 seconds and a range of around 80 miles.”
The C-Zero is, for all intensive purposes, a rebranded European Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Charging times will be more standard when the all-electric vehicle is plugged into a 220-volt socket or one can get an 80% charge in 30 minutes if plugged into a 400-volt supply. Expect this short little electric car roaming the urban streets of Europe starting in the last quarter of this year.