Citroen has a history of creating electric cars and built an electric version of its Berlingo model 20 years ago. EVs were not taken seriously back then but the world has changed dramatically and Citroen have decided the time is right to return to the electric car market with its C Zero offering.

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Citroen C Zero. Image: Google UK

Design

There is little to choose between the C Zero and the Peugeot iON or Mitsubishi i-MiEV as they seem to be very similar. As it is a city car, it possesses all the things that make such vehicles desirable such as the fact it has four doors, can fit four passengers and has a decent sized boot.

Its narrow track means you can squeeze it through gaps and become the envy of motorists trapped in rush hour. You also receive excellent visibility and it has a small turning circle thanks to the rear-mounted motor so all-in-all, it is a nifty piece of machinery.

Unfortunately, the Citroen C Zero does not offer the same delightful silence you get from other electric cars; while there is only a hum in the background while in the town; the noise escalates and become an irritant by the time you reach faster roads.

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Citroen C Zero. Image: Google UK

Performance

The Citroen C Zero is powered by a 47 kW electric motor that gives off 66bhp and it also possesses a 16 kWh battery. It accelerates strongly due to the 140lb ft of torque produced from a standstill so you get the pleasure of matching smaller petrol/diesel cars. It is also very easy to drive because of the lack of a gearbox. The C Zero accelerates to 30mph smartly but adding more speed gets trickier once you get into the kind of speeds you need to keep up on a main road.

You get a range of around 93 miles and a full charge will take 7 hours assuming you are using a household electricity supply. Obviously, this range is reduced somewhat on colder nights when you’re forced to use air-conditioning.

Verdict

Citroen is offering the C Zero on a 4 year, 40,000 mile contract which will set you back around £299 a month but this figure does NOT include VAT. Though you get full service and maintenance thrown in and warranties for the drivetrain and vehicle, it is a very costly purchase. This is especially the case since the C1 is available for 40% of the price. Therefore, we can’t recommend the C Zero simply because it doesn’t offer nearly enough for the price.

  • Rating 3/5
  • Cost: From £25,500 ($42,000)
  • Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPG): 194mpg
  • Official Driving Range (Miles): 93 miles
  • Standard Charging Time (Hours): 7 hours using domestic supply
  • Practicality (Seats & Doors): 5 door hatchback
  • Engine Size: 47kW electric motor
  • Engine Power: 66bhp
  • Transmission: Single speed reduction gear unit
  • Acceleration (0-62mph): 15.9 seconds
  • Top Speed (mph): 81mph
  • NCAP Safety Rating: 4