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2010 Citroen C-ZERO

It looks very familiar, but its pretty new. Its the future Citroen C-Zero - a new 100% electric, zero CO2 emissions and zero noise vehicle, set to be released in the last-quarter 2010.

The C-ZERO uses a permanent magnet synchronous motor making 47kW (64bhp) between 3,000rpm and 6,000rpm. Peak power is 180Nm produced between 0 and 2,000rpm. A 330-volt lithium-ion battery comprised of 88 50Ah cells (for onboard energy of 16kWh) feeds the motor. The whole system works with a single-speed reducion gear transferring power to the rear wheels. Performance figures are 15 seconds for the 0 - 100km/h sprint while a range of about 130km (80 miles) is anticipated.


Zero fuel consumption, zero CO2 emissions and zero engine noise: with the C-ZERO, CITROEN is broadening its compact vehicle range with a 100% electric offering.

The new city car is designed to make urban mobility easier - thanks to its compact dimensions, rapid charge and generous range for day-to-day car journeys. And all of this in a silence that makes occupants forget about the noise of the city. The C-ZERO combines technology and creativity to meet tomorrow’s challenges today. Having already produced more than 5,500 electric vehicles, CITROEN has the experience vital to being a front-runner in a market segment that is set to grow significantly in the coming years.

Due for launch in the last quarter of 2010, the C-ZERO is developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.

A NEW PRODUCT OFFERING CONSISTENT WITH CITROEN POLICY Long committed to a policy of reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, CITROEN - a leading manufacturer of low CO2 cars - is adding the C-ZERO to a range that already features a wealth of environmentally respectful products.

Current CITROEN achievements:

New C3 and DS3 models emitting 99g/km of CO2 will be available from launch in 2010.
More than 30% of CITROEN vehicles sold emit less than 120g/km of CO2.

Up-coming technologies:

Widespread application of second-generation Stop & Start in 2010.
Launch of a full-hybrid vehicle, the DS5, in 2011.


The CITROEN C-ZERO is a full-electric vehicle powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 47kW or 64bhp EEC from 3,000 to 6,000rpm. Maximum torque of 180Nm is available from 0 to 2,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear axle via a single-speed reduction gear.

The motor is powered by a latest-generation 330-volt lithium-ion battery system comprising 88 50Ah cells (for onboard energy of 16kWh), mounted in the center of the vehicle. Lithium-ion technology keeps battery weight down compared with conventional technology, while offering equivalent performance. It is also resistant to partial re-charges, which have no impact on battery longevity.


Re-charging the C-ZERO's batteries could not be simpler. Owners plug the supply cord into a 220-volt socket. A complete charge takes six hours, while an 80% charge is possible in just 30 minutes using an external station with a single-phase current of 125A at 400V, for power of up to 50kW.

Using the car is equally simple. When the driver turns the ignition key, a beep confirms that the car is running. CITROEN C-ZERO drives like a regular car with an automatic gearbox. The traditional fuel gauge is replaced by a battery charge indicator.


The CITROEN C-ZERO is perfectly adapted to the needs of all kinds of users - including public sector operators, local authorities, smaller businesses and company fleets - and also to those of private customers looking for a car with exceptionally low running costs.

With four real seats - thanks to a 2.55m wheelbase - and a 166 litre boot, the C-ZERO is impressively quiet to drive and boasts a plethora of comfort and safety equipment. Original-fit features include power steering, ABS, traction control, ESP, electric windows, six airbags and air conditioning.


The C-ZERO’s compact exterior dimensions - 3.48m long - and a 9m turning circle, make it a cinch to nip in and out of city traffic. And with a top speed of 130kph (80mph), acceleration from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in 15 seconds and 60-90kph (37-56mph) in 6 seconds, along with a range of around 130km (80miles), over a standard combined cycle, it is also fully at ease out on the open road.

2010 Citroen C-ZERO


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