Hardly had Dacia presented its affordable new product, as news about competitors arrived. Although the news is from afar because the Citroen e-C3 electric hatchback is built on the basis of the local version of the Citroen C3, which is offered only in India and Latin America. However, it is still interesting to look at an example of creating an affordable electric car!
So, we have the basis – the Citroen C3 hatchback – where the traditional internal combustion engine was removed, and instead, a 42 kW (57 hp) electric motor was installed, which turns the front wheels and can accelerate the electric car to a maximum speed of 107 km/h. A battery with a capacity of 29.2 kWh was also installed below.
The technique is simple – but it works. A full charge of the battery should be enough for 320 km of mileage (but according to the local Indian ARAI cycle, which probably significantly “decorated” the overall picture of the Citroen e-C3 electric car). It takes about an hour to charge the battery to 80% from a 50 kW DC station. Only one difference is noticeable in the cabin – a joystick instead of a traditional gear lever. Although there should also be a switch to select the type of movement: Standard or Eco. These are all the main differences.
But the most interesting point in the entire story of the Citroen e-C3 electric car is its price. Local mass media expect an initial cost of $11,000, which will make the novelty truly “popular”.