French automaker Citroën is to start building an all-electric vehicle at the end of 2010. The C-ZERO shares its basis with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, has power of 47kW and can be recharged at home.

Citroën has announced a 100 percent electric vehicle called the C-ZERO. The 3.48m-long city car is based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV as well as sister company Peugeot's iOn.

The C-ZERO uses a permanent magnet synchronous motor making 47kW (64bhp) between 3,000rpm and 6,000rpm. Peak power is 180Nm produced between 0 and 2,000rpm. A 330-volt lithium-ion battery comprised of 88 50Ah cells (for onboard energy of 16kWh) feeds the motor. The whole system works with a single-speed reducion gear transferring power to the rear wheels. Performance figures are 15 seconds for the 0 - 100km/h sprint while a range of about 130km (80 miles) is anticipated.

It takes about 6 hours to fully recharge the batteries through a 220V home socket while an 80% charge in 30 minutes is possible via a 400V external station. To allow for a smooth mental transition Citroën installed a beeper to alert the driver when the motor gets switched on. In line with the normal fuel gauge, it is replaced by a battery charge indicator. Other features include ABS, electric windows, air conditioning, ESP and six airbags.

The Citroën C-ZERO will go on sale during the last quarter of 2010. It will be followed by a full-hybrid DS5 in 2011.

More details in the press release below.

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