Based on the C-Elysee budget sedan.

Citroën is taking the "first practical step in electric vehicles" in China with the introduction of the E-Elysee EV that is making its official debut at the Beijing Motor Show.

The C-Elysee budget sedan is Citroën’s best-selling model in China currently with more than 90,000 deliveries in 2015 and the brand has decided to expand the car’s portfolio with the new E-Elysee – an electric vehicle, based on the sedan.

The three-box saloon is scheduled for a market launch in 2017 and reflects the company’s “ambitions to be a key player in electric vehicles for the Chinese public.” The E-Elysee ditches the internal combustion diesel and petrol engines of the regular C-Elysee for an electric powerplant, powered by a lithium-ion battery.

No exact technical details are available at the moment, but the French company says the electric vehicle has a range of up to 155 miles (250 kilometers) on a single charge of the batteries. Recharging takes 6.5 hours in normal charging mode, while a fast charging function needs only 30 minutes to fill up the battery pack.

Joining the E-Elysee on Citroën’s Beijing stand is the Dongfeng Fengshen A-based C6 and the E-Mehari all-electric four-seater cabriolet, making its first appearance in China.

Source: Dongfeng Citroën

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