Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:11:48 +0000
Published on June 30th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
June 30th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan
Resident auto industry expert Maarten Vinkhuyzen got the heads up last year — Groupe PSA is awake and trying to make its way into the 21st century auto industry, the electric auto industry. They’ve been launching their electric offensive sort of quietly so far, but this past week just launched two more fairly hot passenger models from Citroën and Opel, following a couple of utilitarian electric vans from Citroën. I’ll run through the new electric Opel in a moment, but first let’s jump into the brand new Citroën, announced earlier today in France.
Today, Citroën launched one of the 6 electrified vehicles it is releasing in 2020, and this one is fully electric, the Citroën ë-C4. Somewhat interestingly, this was also the launch of the fully not-electric C4 (fueled by petrol or diesel), but Citroën focused heavily on the electric side of the lineup. (I guess large fines for causing innumerable health problems and premature death are effective.)
The ë-C4 has a range on a full charge of 350 km (217 miles), which is not too bad, just a bit less than my Tesla Model 3 SR+. The battery capacity, which starts at 50 kWh, is guaranteed to remain above 70% for 8 years or 160,000 km (99,419 miles).
It can charge at 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) a minute at a 100 kW or higher charging station, “a value at the best level in the segment,” which means it can be 80% charged in 30 minutes — not too shabby, just right for some light grocery shopping or a coffee. It can charge in 5 hours on an 11 kW home charging station, or can of course trickle charge on a normal electricity outlet.
“To make life easier for customers and enable them to enjoy their electric vehicle with faster charging times on a daily basis, Citroën takes care of everything and offers a ‘one-stop shop’ solution for installing a Wall Box at home.”
Naturally, the ë-C4 can be charged or charging can be scheduled via the My Citroën app if already plugged in.
The ë-C4 comes with a 100 kW (136 hp) electric motor, which will provide all the acceleration you can need thanks to its 260 Nm of instant torque. Here are a few more of the creature comforts in the Citroën ë-C4:
What do you think of this fully electric Citroën ë-C4, and Groupe PSA’s electric offensive in general? Catching the electric wave? Too little, too late? Electric hat trick?
The ë-C4 can likely be ordered later in the summer for delivery beginning in early 2021.
Zachary Shahan is tryin’ to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.