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Citroen has announced the C-Zero, an electric car based on Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, which was based from Peugeot’s iOn.

The C-Zero is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 47kW that produces 133lb ft and sends the drive to the rear wheels. The motor draws its power from a 330 volt lithium ion battery with a 16k Wh capacity mounted in the centre of vehicle. Top speed is 80mph, which incidently is also the same as the claimed range of the C-Zero and its 0-62mph time is around 15 seconds.

The new Citroen C-Zero EV only takes 6 hours to fully charge at 220V and only 30 minutes on a 400V plug if you can settle with only 80%. Fitted with ABS, electric windows, air conditioning, ESP and six airbags, the new C-Zero is expected to hit the road by the end of 2010.


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