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Citroen to Launch C-Zero Electric Car in 2010
Citroen will launch a new, all-electric city car called the C-Zero in in the second half of 2010.The C-Zero is Citroen’s version of the Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, which was launched in Japan in June. Peugeot has already shown off its version of the iMiEV, the iOn.
In September this year, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi signed a deal to develop electric cars for both Peugeot and Citroen based on the i-MiEV.
The Citroen C-Zero is a electric car 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 centre 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.
A four-seater, it has comfort and safety equipment including power steering, ABS, ESP, electric windows, six airbags and air conditioning.
2010 will also see Citroen roll out stop-start functions in many products, and it will independently launch a full hybrid car, badged DS5, in 2011.
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