Citroen is one of the latest manufacturers to jump on the electric car bandwagon and be accepted by the UK government’s £5,000 grant. For those that take the plunge and buy a ‘plug-in‘ car, they can receive a hefty sum of money to use against the purchase price. The C-Zero is one of nine cars that is eligible for the grant, with the others being the:
- Mitsubishi i-MiEV
- Smart for two
- Peugeot iOn
- Nissan Leaf
- Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
- Chevrolet Volt
- Vauxhall Ampera
Citroen is one of the first manufacturers from Europe to produce a fully electric car and sell to the UK market. With Citroen’s racing career helping boost the company to dizzying heights, this has allowed the company to channel its efforts into other types of vehicles, such as the C-Zero.
The full electric vehicle is available to lease, too, which is handy for both private and business users, as it will only cost £415 a month over four years and that includes all maintenance, servicing and the battery pack. The C-Zero isn’t just another environmentally-considerate car, it’s a step forward for Citroen, which owns stakes in other manufacturers, so we can expect to see other spin-off cars using the same floorplan and technology that Citroen has produced. The C-Zero was actually a combined effort with Mitsubishi, as it shares the exact same configuration as the i-MiEV.
The C-Zero has a good range of 93 miles and can take rapid charges in just 2.5 hours, and it’s not just a blank canvas inside, there are just as many customer-focused features that you’d find on any regular powered vehicle, such as air-conditioning, climate control, CD player, in fact almost all the options you’d expect on a new car, except the car won’t emit any carbon emissions.
Once the battery has depleted, a full recharge will cost around £1.50, which is a similar price to one litre of super unleaded petrol that would take a car 40-50 miles. Another benefit of an electric car, despite its high list price, is free parking in many cities and a 100% discount on the London Congestion Charge. That means that those who need to commute into London every day for 250 days a year, on average, would save £2,500 at the £10 daily rate.
The Citroen C-Zero is also a quirky looking little car, with a high roof for added headroom and good visibility out of the huge windscreen. It does have a slightly modernised look of a G-Wizz, unfortunately, but it is unmistakeably a Citroen.
The electric motor is very small and lightweight compared to other batteries on the market, and are made from lithium-ion, and is placed between the wheels on the middle of the car, for added handling performance. The 64-horsepower or 47 kilowatts, produces 180Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. It will hit 62mph in around 15 seconds, but that will seriously diminish the battery life if you’re chasing performance figures, especially if you try and hit its top speed of 81mph.