Citroen Unveils C-Zero Electric Car, Available Late 2010 [w/VIDEO]

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Back in September we reported that French Car-maker PSA had teamed up with Mitsubishi to make an electric vehicle based on the zippy i-MiEV. Well, this week it seems that the partnership has come to fruition, after Citroen unveiled the C-Zero, an all-electric car set to hit the showrooms late next year.

The compact C-Zero features an identical drivetrain to the i-MiEV, with a lithium-ion battery powering a 64bhp electric motor (see video after the jump).

Drivers will be able to fully charge the car in six hours via a regular mains socket, allowing a range of 80 miles. Alternatively, an 80 per cent charge takes just half an hour using a 400V supply. In terms of performance, the Citroen press release says the C-Zero can zip from 0-62mph in 15 seconds, and accelerate from 37-56mph (50-70km/h) in six seconds. Top speed is a respectable 80mph.

The C-Zero will ship with power steering, ABS, traction control, ESP, electric windows, six airbags and air conditioning as standard.

Citroen has told reporters that the C-Zero will be commercially available at the end of 2010 and, although no prices have been confirmed yet, insiders expect that it will cost around £10,000 ($16,500).

Image Credit – Citroen

Andrew Williams

is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in sustainability and green issues. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.