Delhi : Citroën has officially unveiled the eC3, an all-electric version of the C3 hatchback already on sale in India. Pricing will be revealed in the next few days. Citroën will also export his eC3 from India in order to increase its unfortunately modest sales figures.
The Citroën eC3 will go on sale next month, with pre-orders likely to begin on January 22nd.
Citroën eC3: design details and features
Inside and out, the Citroën eC3 is exactly the same as its petrol-powered sibling. New charging outlets in the front fenders and the absence of tailpipes are the only exterior changes.
Meanwhile, the interior features a heavily reworked center console and a new drive controller that replaces the manual gear lever. Everything else remains the same, except for the outer body panels, interior and mechanicals, which are already localized for the petrol-powered C3.
This was done to reduce the cost of the eC3, allowing it to share parts and components with its ICE counterparts for better economies of scale.
Citroen eC3: powertrain, charging and competition
The Citroen eC3 features a 29.2kWh battery pack sourced from Chinese business Svolt, but Citroen hopes to localize it in the long run. The Citroen EV has a 3.3kW onboard AC charger with CCS2 fast charging enabled. The eC3’s front axle-mounted electric motor produces 57 hp and 143 Nm of peak torque. The eC3 has a range of 320km and is ARAI approved. There are two driving modes available: Eco and Standard, and Regenerative Braking.
According to Citroën, the eC3 has a top speed of 107 km/h and can go from 0 to 60 km/h in 6.8 seconds. It can be recharged with DC fast charging, which can reach 10-80% charge in 57 minutes. The battery can be charged from 10-100% in 10.5 hours at home.
With a 24kWh battery pack in a higher spec model and an Arai rated range of 315km, the Tata Tiago EV is a direct target for the eC3. To see how they stack up on paper, we compared the specs of the eC3 and Tiago EV.
Citroen eC3: characteristics and safety
The Citroën eC3, like its petrol sister, comes in two models: Live and Feel. The eC3 shares many of the same features as the ICE model, but the higher-spec Feel includes a 10.2-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker music system, and a height-adjustable A driver’s seat has been added. The 35-function MyCitroen Connect app is another connected car feature available on the eC3. You can use it to locate your car, check its charging status, and find the nearest charging station. In terms of safety, dual airbags and ABS with EBD are installed.
Citroen eC3: warranty details
Citroen offers a 7 year/1,40,000 km battery pack warranty, a 5 year/1,00,000 km electric motor warranty, and a 3 year/1,25,000 km car warranty.