Citroen has shown off its all-electric city car, the C-Zero, at the Paris motor show.
The Citroen C-Zero is the firm’s version of the Mitsubishi iMiEV and has been developed as part of a collaboration between the two manufacturers.
The car was originally seen at the Brussels motor show in Belgium and its PSA stablemate Peugeot has already shown off its version of the iMiEV, the iOn.
The C-Zero is due to go into production in the second half of 2010 and is part of the firm’s strategy to lower emissions across its range. Sub-100g/km of CO2 versions of the DS3 and C3 will be available from launch in 2010, while the firm will also introduce its hybrid DS5 in 2011.
Power comes from a permanent magnetic synchronous motor, which produces 47kW (64bhp). It produces 133lb ft of torque between 0 and 2000rpm and power is sent to the rear axle by a single-speed reduction gear.
A centre-mounted 330-volt lithium-ion battery pack powers the motor and has been included as it is lighter and more durable than nickel-metal hydride batteries, while offering equivalent performance.