Called the Citroën C1 'ev'ie', this is the first all electric, 4 seater car, to offer the purchaser the comfort, performance and a full range of standard safety features expected from a petrol car. With a range of 60-70 miles when fully charged and a top speed of around 60mph, it promises the driver with a pleasant and completely 'normal', yet silent, driving experience, but at a fraction of the running costs. The C1 ev'ie can be fully charged in 6-7 hours from a domestic 13 amp socket at a cost of around 90p.
The Citroën C1 ev'ie is assembled in the UK from the donor car. Over 50% of the value of the car originates from the UK assembly, creating UK employment and a technology leadership in electric vehicle production. ECC expects to produce around 500 C1 ev'ies over the next 12 months, rising to between 2,000 and 4,000 units in 2010, dependant upon demand and government support.
Xavier Duchemin, Managing Director of Citroën UK commented: "We are committed to providing greener alternatives for motorists and are delighted to be supplying ECC with C1s for this exciting project".
David Martell, Chief Executive, ECC plc, added, "We believe this is the first serious alternative to a petrol or diesel car. It drives just like a petrol car and has excellent capacity for use in any town or city in the UK'…. he continued …'the key to building a successful electric car is an efficient battery management system (BMS). ECC has developed an advanced and sophisticated system, which when coupled with regenerative breaking, can provide the driver with much greater range and better performance".
It is priced at £16,850 and is available directly from ECC.